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Bermuda-incorporated entities M to N

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By Keith Archibald Forbes (see About Us).


Note: A Work in Progress, much more to be added. All have "Limited" after their names (with the "Limited" not shown below purely to avoid unnecessary duplication). This list excludes entities trading in Bermuda but not registered as incorporated (showing "Limited" after their name). Showing date incorporated in Bermuda with date shown the American way.

M-Core 12/20/2012
M-Cube Technology Company 6/21/2000
M-Image Communications 10/14/2003
M-M Two Master Trading Company 9/18/1991
MC Insurance 10/11/1984
M Channel Corporation 5/8/2000
M Communications 4/25/1997
M Dream Inworld Limited Cont 1/9/2014
M Fifty Eight 3/31/1997
M Fifty Eight (Bermuda) 2/26/2004
M Financial Bermuda 11/18/2009
M Financial Global Services 3/15/2010
M G Aerospace 12/5/1988
M Investments II 12/13/1995
M Investments 12/21/1994
M L International 4/28/1971
M Lending 5/14/1999
M M & K International 4/21/1993
M Private Trust 11/26/2012
M Q Services 5/22/1992
M&B International 11/15/1994
M&B Money Management Company 6/20/1979
M&D Inc Cayman Islands 10/14/1993
M&G Holdings 9/9/1981
M&G Services 12/1/1989
M&H 10/25/1974
M&K Investments 8/12/1976
M&M Construction 7/6/2000
M&M Depot 3/11/2010
M&M Excavation 10/13/2004
M&M International 6/10/1982
M&M Maintenance 9/8/2005
M&M Pools 10/10/2008
M1 Aircraft Dash 8-4017 3/3/2014
M1 International 7/4/2002
M2 Entertainment 5/8/2002
M2 2/6/1997
M3 Wireless 8/12/1996
M3Com1 10/21/2008
M3Com2 10/8/1999
M3Com 10/8/1999
M51 6/5/2014
MAAC Holdings (Bermuda) 5/20/2011
Mabuhay Space Holdings 9/2/1977
Mac Financial 7/2/2009
Mac Istabraq 18A 7/6/2004
Mac (Bermuda) 5/11/1989
Macabee 2/13/1979
Macadamia 2/16/1993
Macassa Capital (Bermuda) Limited Partnership I 6/26/2000
Macassa Capital (Bermuda) Limited Partnership II 3/26/2001
Macaulay McAllister Holdings 2/19/1987
Macaw Capital Partners 4/30/2002
Macbeth Distributors 8/9/1985
MACC Group 8/2/1994
MACDE 11/1/1985
Mace Management 3/16/1989
MacFarlane, Annette B 8/4/1981
Machado (Bermuda) 9/24/1980
Machine Leasing 4/22/1992
Machine Tool Assurance 5/14/1976
MacIntire, Penny 8/5/2008
Mack Global Fund 9/16/1998
Mack Trucks Worldwide 11/16/1962
Mackay Shields CSA Fund 4/9/1998
Mackay Shields Defensive Bond Arbitrage Fund 4/9/1998
Macquarie Absolute Return Strategies Global 4/26/2001. Australia's largest investment bank,
Macquarie Advanced Investment International. 6/5/2008
Macquarie Advanced Investment 6/5/2008
Macquarie Aerospace 3/29/2010
Macquarie Airfinance Acquisitions Holdings 1/21/2008
Macquarie Airfinance Acquisitions  12/21/2007
Macquarie Airfinance International Group 10/22/2007
Macquarie Airfinance International 8/22/2007
Macquarie Airfinance  9/22/2006
Macquarie Airfinance Securitization 10/10/2007
Macquarie Airfinance Warehouse (No 1) 9/13/2007
Macquarie Asia Property Advisers 1/25/2002
Macquarie Asia Real Estate 8/9/2005
Macquarie Atlas Roads International 12/15/2009
Macquarie Bermuda Investments 10/20/2008
Macquarie Capital Alliance International 4/27/2005
Macquarie Capital Alliance International (2) 4/29/2005
Macquarie Capital Alliance International (3) 7/5/2005
Macquarie China Logistics Fund 2/13/2015
Macquarie China Retail Company 1 9/11/2008
Macquarie China Retail Company  2 10/10/2014
Macquarie Commodities Fund 5/11/2004
Macquarie Crop Partners Feeder LP 6/1/2010
Macquarie Crop Partners GP, LLC 8/28/2012
Macquarie Equinox 4/26/2001
Macquarie FX Feeder Fund 4/6/2001
Macquarie Global Active Currency Fund 12/22/2003
Macquarie Global Infrastructure Bermuda 7/8/2002
Macquarie Green Bermudian Holdings 7/8/2005
Macquarie Infrastructure Philippines 7/12/2012
Macquarie Infrastructure Private Trustee Company 8/29/2000
Macquarie Infrastructure Reinsurance Company 2/26/2008
Macquarie International Broadcast Holdings 11/9/2007
Macquarie International China Holdings 7/26/2007
Macquarie International Infrastructure Fund 1/7/2005
Macquarie International Infrastructure Holding 10/13/2005
Macquarie Investment Management (Bermuda) 2/14/2008
Macquarie 10/18/1983
Macquarie Lion Energy 2/27/2008
Macquarie Offshore Funds 4/6/2001
Macquarie Offshore Funds No 2 4/26/2001
Macquarie Offshore Master Fund 4/26/2001
Macquarie Renewables 10/6/2004
Macquarie RG Investments 10/20/2005
Macquarie SBI Infrastructure 3/28/2008
Macquarie SBI Infrastructure Trustee 5/21/2008
Macquarie Special Situations Executive Fund 2/14/2008
Macquarie Special Situations Founder 3/7/2008
Macquarie Special Situations Fund 11/8/2007
Macquarie Special Situations 4/8/2014
Macquarie Special Situations Master Fund 11/8/2007
Macquarie Specialised Asset Management (Bermuda) 12/8/2006
Macquarie Storage Holdings 7/5/2005
Macquarie Treasury Management 8/29/2000
Macro Fund (The) 7/21/1998
MACS Holdings 4/8/2005
MacSaver Insurance Company 3/21/1994
MacStay Aircraft Leasing 11/17/2010
MacSteel Jet Services 6/1/2007
Mactras (Bermuda) 9/3/1968
Mad-Jack Holdings 4/16/1992
Mad Hatters 6/19/2006
Madagascar Oil 1/25/2006
Madbrow Investments 1/15/1975
Maddydell Mezzanine Leasing 1/18/2008
Madebras International 1/13/1982
Maersk Central America and Caribbean 11/5/1970. Maersk Line, of Copenhagen, Denmark, is the largest global shipping container company in the world. It has many companies registered in Bermuda including the following under its own name:
Maersk Jupiter Drilling Corporation SA 4/13/1994
Maersk Line (Amalgamated) 9/2/1984
Maersk Logistics South America 6/12/1998
Maersk Offshore (Bermuda) 3/4/1997
Maersk South America 3/12/1998
Maersk Tankers (Bermuda) 9/23/1997
Maersk West and Central Asia 10/24/1989
Magician Industries (Holdings)  C/o Codan Services Ltd
Magna Absolute Return Fund 12/10/2008
Magna Carta Insurance 4/5/1978
Magna Carta Life Insurance 12/17/2001
Magna Carta Life Insurance Ltd 11/19/2001
Magna Carta Life Insurance  12/17/2001
Magna Foundation (The) 5/11/2006
Magna Holdings International 7/17/2006. Chaired by Lord Charles Powell, it constructed the new 50-storey“Gaddafi Tower” in Tripoli, from funds beneficially owned from allegedly stolen oil revenues by the now-notorious Gaddafi family of Libya. It had already rebuilt one five-star hotel in the Libyan capital, with another due for completion. The Daily Telegraph newspaper in the UK stated one of the major financial backers of Magna Holdings is Wafic Said, a controversial billionaire who has homes in Britain. Mr Said was a middleman in the controversial BAE deal to sell armaments to Saudi Arabia.
Magna Holdings 6/23/2004
Magna International 7/6/1978
Magna Management International 5/5/2006
Magna Petrochemicals 7/19/2004
Magna Re 6/25/1997
Maiden Holdings 2019. March 17. Maiden Holdings has reported a net loss of $269.2 million, or $3.25 per common share, for the fourth quarter. That marks the sixth loss in the past seven quarters for the Bermuda-based company. The amount is more than double the $133.6 million loss the company reported in the corresponding period in 2017. For the full year, net loss jumped from $199.1 million in 2017, to $570.3 million. Lawrence Metz, president and chief executive officer of Maiden, said 2018 had been an extremely difficult year for shareholders and employees. He also said: “With our recently announced revised LPT/ADC [loss portfolio transfer/adverse development cover] transaction with Enstar, we believe we are nearing the end of our strategic review process.” He said there has been continued decisive action since the third-quarter report, with the completion of the sale of Maiden’s US reinsurance business to Enstar, mutually agreeing with AmTrust to first amend and then terminate Maiden’s quota share reinsurance contracts effective January 1, completing the sale of some European subsidiaries and entering the aforementioned new agreement with Enstar. Mr Metz said: “We look forward to now taking the necessary steps to enhance our business and create lasting shareholder value.” Patrick Haveron, chief financial officer and chief operating officer, said that since September 1, 2018, the company had taken a series of strategic measures that have “de-risked our balance sheet, improved liquidity, significantly strengthened our capital position relative to regulatory requirements, and cured our breach of the Bermuda Enhanced Capital Requirement. Looking ahead, we have also reduced our annual total operating expenses by more than $50 million, and look to improve on that to reflect the significant changes in our business during 2018 and 2019. The new LPT/ADC with Enstar will further solidify the progress we have made by protecting our reserves while retaining more assets for investment. Maiden enters 2019 with a stronger balance sheet and we expect to further improve our solvency ratios as we look to rebuild shareholder value and begin repositioning our business for the future.” On March 1, Maiden terminated the master agreement it had with Enstar Group Limited and simultaneously signed a new agreement. In a statement, Maiden said: the new agreement was “pursuant to which an Enstar subsidiary will assume liabilities for loss reserves as of December 31, 2018, associated with the quota share reinsurance agreements between the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary Maiden Reinsurance Ltd and AmTrust Financial Services Inc, or its subsidiaries in excess of a $2.44 billion retention up to $675 million”. It added: “The $2.44 billion retention will be subject to adjustment for paid losses since December 31, 2018. The new MTA [agreement] and associated reinsurance agreement will provide Maiden Bermuda with $175 million in adverse development cover over its carried AmTrust reserves at December 31. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other closing conditions.”

2019. February 13. Bermuda-based reinsurer Maiden Holdings is facing a class-action lawsuit which alleges that it made “misleading statements” about its business. Several law firms yesterday posted press releases to persuade investors who had lost money from the sharp fall in Maiden’s share price over the past year to join the suit. The firms aim to recover damages through the courts for buyers of Maiden shares under US securities laws. The suit focuses on Maiden’s reinsurance of its AmTrust portfolio and states that it failed to ensure that this business was properly priced and that it did not expose Maiden to the risk of excessive losses. The suit, which was filed in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey, on Monday, names Michael Wigglesworth as the plaintiff and Maiden Holdings Ltd, as well as former executives Arturo Raschbaum, Karen Schmitt and John Marshalek as defendants. The action is on behalf of all purchasers of Maiden common stock between March 4, 2014 and November 9, 2018, seeking to pursue remedies under the Securities Exchange Act 1934. Maiden’s share price has fallen more than 80 per cent over the past year and the company has reported five losses in the past six quarters. Maiden did not respond to a request for comment by press time last night.

2018. December 28. Enstar Group Ltd has completed its acquisition of a US subsidiary of fellow Bermuda-based company Maiden Holdings Ltd. Enstar, a company that specializes in acquiring and managing companies and portfolios in run-off, said last night it paid out $272.4 million to buy Maiden Reinsurance North America, Inc. Maiden Re North America is a diversified insurance company, domiciled in Missouri, that provides property and casualty treaty reinsurance, casualty facultative reinsurance and accident and health treaty reinsurance. As previously disclosed, the transaction included novation and retrocession agreements pursuant to which the company’s subsidiary, Cavello Bay Reinsurance Ltd, assumed certain Maiden Re business in exchange for a ceding commission. The $272.4 million represents the adjusted purchase price less the ceding commission. At closing, Enstar assumed approximately $1.3 billion of net loss and loss adjustment expense reserves and unearned premium reserves. Enstar is a market leader in completing legacy acquisitions, having acquired over 80 companies and portfolios since its formation in 2001. Enstar’s active underwriting businesses include the StarStone group of companies, an A- rated global specialty insurance group with multiple global underwriting platforms, and the Atrium group of companies, which manage and underwrite specialist insurance and reinsurance business for Lloyd’s Syndicate 609. Enstar Group shares gained $2.34, or 1.46 per cent on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange yesterday, while Maiden Holdings rose four cents, or 2.7 per cent, to close on $1.52.

2018. November 13. Shares of Bermuda-based reinsurer Maiden Holdings plummeted 31.8 per cent yesterday, after the company announced a hefty third-quarter loss when analysts had forecast a profit. The company also continued its ongoing restructuring by striking a loss portfolio transfer deal with fellow Bermuda-based company Enstar Group. Maiden’s shares fell $1.12 to $2.41 on New York’s Nasdaq Stock Exchange after it announced a net loss of $308.8 million. The operating loss was $235.1 million, or $2.83 per share, compared to analysts’ consensus expectation of an 18 cents per share operating profit. Maiden’s combined ratio was 150.7 per cent, meaning that it paid out about $1.50 in claims and expenses for every $1 of premium it took in. Under the deal with Enstar, which specializes in acquiring and managing businesses and portfolios in run-off, Enstar will assume loss reserves of approximately $2.675 billion associated with Maiden Re’s quota share reinsurance contracts with AmTrust Financial Services. The retrocession will apply to losses arising and claims made on or prior to June 30, 2018; loss reserves assumed will be subject to adjustment for paid losses since such date. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other closing conditions. In August, Maiden agreed to sell subsidiary Maiden Reinsurance North America to Enstar for $307.5 million. This year, Maiden has also sold its US casualty facultative reinsurance team to Sompo International and struck a renewal rights agreement with Transatlantic Re for net proceeds of $7.5 million. Lawrence Metz, Maiden’s chief executive officer, said: “While there is still work to do, we believe that much has been accomplished, and we remain committed to completing our strategic review process and to taking the actions necessary to further enhance value to all our shareholders.” Patrick Haveron, Maiden’s chief financial officer, said: “During the third quarter, we also took the opportunity to materially strengthen our carried loss reserves and position Maiden for profitable future results. Our announcement today with Enstar brings additional certainty and finality to the steps we have taken. Upon completion of all of the strategic transactions announced since August, Maiden’s capital position will be dramatically stronger. He added: “We anticipate an improved outlook for Maiden as 2018 heads to its final quarter and into 2019.”

2018. August 31. Maiden Holdings has sold its US reinsurance unit to a subsidiary of fellow Bermuda-based company Enstar Group. Maiden will receive net proceeds of $307.5 million for its Missouri-based subsidiary Maiden Reinsurance North America. Enstar will operate the business in run-off. On Wednesday, Maiden announced it had sold the business’s reinsurance renewal rights to Transatlantic Re, which was also taking on the unit’s underwriting team. “Today’s announcement of the sale of MRNA represents another step in our continuing strategic review. This transaction will broaden our ability to manage and allocate capital as we move forward, and will create value for our shareholders,” Lawrence Metz, Maiden’s chief executive officer designate, said. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year. Enstar will assume approximately $1.3 billion of net loss and loss adjustment expense reserves and unearned premium reserves from Maiden’s US Diversified business upon closing. As part of the transaction, an Enstar subsidiary will novate and assume certain reinsurance agreements from Maiden’s Bermuda reinsurer, including certain reinsurance agreements with MRNA. Patrick Haveron, Maiden’s chief financial officer and chief operating officer designate, said: “Today’s announcement along with our previously announced renewal rights transaction will further enhance our capital position. We are moving immediately to improve profitability by implementing additional operational efficiencies and expense reductions through the end of 2018, and we expect to provide further updates as we move forward.” Maiden’s shares were trading down 1.3 per cent at $3.90 at 2.51pm Bermuda time today, while Enstar’s shares were down 0.7 per cent at $212.25.

2018. August 30. Maiden Holdings Ltd has sold the renewal rights for its US treaty reinsurance business to American reinsurer Transatlantic Re. The Bermuda-based reinsurer said it was also in advanced talks to sell its US subsidiary Maiden Reinsurance North America. Maiden, whose head office is in Ideation House on Pitts Bay Road, has been undergoing a strategic review of operations in recent months. “The transaction, which has now closed, does not include any of the Bermuda underwriting elements of Maiden’s portfolio including its AmTrust Business or its International Insurance Services and Capital Solutions businesses in Europe, which forms the significant majority of Maiden’s existing business and will remain as part of its ongoing business,” the company stated. Maiden added that the sale of the renewal rights “begins the process of simplifying Maiden’s operations”. The company said anticipated restructuring and related expense reductions are expected to improve its business performance and profitability, as well as significantly reducing the amount of capital that Maiden needs for its operations. As part of the transaction, TransRe said it was taking on a team from Maiden Reinsurance North America, including Tom Highet, previously the company’s president, as well as underwriters, actuaries and claims personnel. The team will operate from new offices in Mt Laurel, New Jersey. Mr Highet, who was with Maiden Re and its predecessor GMAC Re for 30 years, has been appointed executive vice-president. TransRe said the renewal rights focused on regional property and casualty, accident and health, and personal auto insurers. Maiden added that it is “in advanced discussions regarding the sale of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Maiden Reinsurance North America, Inc to a third party”. The transaction would cover about $1.1 billion of loss and loss-adjustment expense reserves as of June 30, 2018. Earlier this month, the company’s shares fell more than 40 per cent in a single day, after Maiden announced an unexpected second-quarter loss and the retirement of its longstanding chief executive officer Art Raschbaum. Lawrence Metz, who succeeded Mr Raschbaum as CEO, said: “The announcement of this transaction represents an important step in Maiden’s continuing strategic review process and we believe this transaction will increase our financial flexibility, improve our operating efficiency and profitability and broaden our ability to allocate capital to future strategies, which in turn will create value for our shareholders. We are deeply grateful to the Maiden team for their continued efforts in this challenging environment and, prospectively, we will coordinate closely with clients to ensure a smooth transition.” Maiden’s shares closed at $3.95, down by ten cents or 2.5 per cent, in Nasdaq Stock Exchange trading today.

2018. March 1. Maiden Holdings’ chief executive officer acknowledged there is a risk of a ratings downgrade after the Bermuda-based reinsurer posted its fourth net loss in the last five quarters. But Art Raschbaum is hopeful that even if that occurred, clients would remain loyal. The company reported a fourth-quarter 2017 net loss of $133.6 million compared to a net loss of $74.7 million in the same period of 2016. Operating earnings per share for the quarter were negative $1.65, missing the 20 cents earnings expected by analysts tracked by Yahoo Finance. Maiden’s shares plunged 16.7 per cent to $6 yesterday after the results were released on Thursday evening. During yesterday’s conference call with analysts, Matt Carletti, from JMP Securities asked Mr Raschbaum about the likelihood of a downgrade. Maiden has an A (excellent) financial strength rating from AM Best. “Obviously, we’re in constant dialogue with all of our constituencies, rating agencies as well as our regulators. We’re not at liberty to communicate the details of our discussion. I’d say, with the kind of activity we’ve seen, certainly, there’s a risk of a downgrade. I think an important differentiator in our business model is — and we’ve done this since pre-Maiden days — we’ve collateralized the obligation for clients. And they’re collateralized to the full expected ultimate. And so repeatedly, we’ve had many customers that have remained very focused and committed to us because of that collateral. We see no change in that process.” The company had previously been able to grow with an A- rating, he added, though he conceded that a downgrade now would bring with it “noise” and challenges. The main driver of Maiden’s fourth-quarter loss was the performance of the AmTrust Reinsurance segment. Its combined ratio deteriorated to 131.1 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2017 from 108.1 per cent in the same period of 2016. The segment experienced adverse loss development of $139 million due primarily to workers’ compensation and general liability lines of business. Maiden has a multiyear quota share agreement with AmTrust Financial Services, which produced $1.8 billion of the reinsurers net premiums earned in 2016. During the conference call, Mr Raschbaum addressed speculation that Maiden’s major shareholders may have plans to take the company private. “As you know, AmTrust’s founding shareholders recently announced their plans to take the company private,” Mr Raschbaum told analysts. "While there has been speculation from some that Maiden could similarly be acquired by our founding shareholders, we have no such plans currently under way.” For the full year of 2017, Maiden reported a net loss of $199.1 million compared to a net income of $15.2 million in 2016. “While we are disappointed with our results for the fourth quarter, we believe we have taken significant steps to strengthen our reserves for losses which will help to accelerate a return to profitability in 2018 and beyond,” Mr Raschbaum said in a statement. “Our reserve actions in the fourth quarter reflect a more aggressive response to observed development in the quarter and throughout the year on the AmTrust Reinsurance segment as well as our Diversified segment.”

2017. November 8. Shares of Maiden Holdings plunged by more than 20 per cent in after-hours trading after the reinsurer reported a net loss of $63.6 million for the third quarter, driven primarily by a bolstering of loss reserves. The Bermuda-based firm’s net operating loss of 66 cents per share fell short of analysts’ expectations of earnings per share of 9 cents, sparking a sell-off after the results were announced. Maiden’s shares, which had closed regular trading at $8.40, tumbled 16.7 per cent to $7 after hours, having at one point fallen as much as 20.8 per cent. The reinsurer with offices on Front Street, Hamilton, estimated net catastrophe losses of $20 million in the third quarter, but it was the net adverse development on loss reserves of $77.7 million, which had the biggest impact on results. Maiden recorded $61.1 million of net adverse development in the AmTrust reinsurance segment, predominantly in its general liability line of business. In addition, the diversified reinsurance division had to bolster reserves by $7.9 million, related to prior-year losses, while the discontinued excess and surplus lines property business saw $8.7 million of adverse development, mainly emanating from increases in Superstorm Sandy loss reserves. That storm occurred five years ago. Art Raschbaum, Maiden’s chief executive officer, said: “Importantly, we believe that the actions we have taken to address historical loss reserve development while improving underlying business trends will benefit Maiden and our shareholders in the future.” He added the results, despite the losses, showed some favorable trends. “In the quarter we realized improved non-catastrophe operating performance in the US portion of our diversified reinsurance segment,” he said. “Across all of the diversified reinsurance segment we enjoyed strong premium growth. Investment earnings and invested assets continue to grow and operating cash flow was strong." During the quarter, Maiden repurchased just over two million common shares at an average price of $7.11 per share. Book value per share was $11.30 at the end of September, down 6.8 per cent over the first nine months of the year.

2017. August 9. Maiden Holdings Ltd made a loss of $22.4 million, or $0.26 per common share, for the second quarter. That compared to a $30.9 million profit for the same period of 2016. Art Raschbaum, chief executive officer of the Bermuda-based company, said: “The emergence of adverse loss development in both of our key operating segments has impacted our second quarter 2017 results. “We do not believe that the development observed in the quarter is analogous to the trend observed across our portfolio over recent quarters, which specifically emanated from elevated commercial auto liability frequency and severity from the 2011-2014 underwriting years, a phenomenon which has plagued many in the industry.” The net adverse development for the quarter in the AmTrust reinsurance segment was $29.4 million. Mr Raschbaum added: “While the AmTrust reinsurance segment adverse development is relatively modest in the context of the overall historical portfolio assumed, as we have committed to in the past, it is our practice to respond to confirmed adverse development promptly. In response to observed elevated claims activity which we noted in our first-quarter earnings call, Maiden’s audit activity has confirmed claims operational changes in AmTrust’s US small commercial lines business which are believed to have contributed to a portion of the increased emergence in related casualty lines. We have however increased our reserves in these lines in the quarter in response to elevated severity in specific jurisdictions.” There was also adverse development of $25.4 million in the company’s diversified reinsurance segment’s casualty facultative business. Mr Raschbaum said: “Despite the adverse development in the quarter, year-to-date treaty commercial auto which has been the source of significant development over many recent quarters, has been benign, giving us increasing comfort that we have addressed this issue.” He noted that most recent underwriting years continue to perform within expectations, adding: “We did benefit from strong investment income, up 14.7 per cent from the prior year period driven by increased investable assets. Absent adverse development, this will improve both return on equity and operating results in future quarters.” In the second quarter, gross premiums written increased 2.5 per cent to $705.2 million, while gross premiums written in the diversified reinsurance segment were down 14.6 per cent at $140.8 million. The combined ratio for the second quarter rose to 105.8 per cent, from 98.6 per cent a year ago. Book value per common share was $11.65, a decrease of 1.4 per cent compared to the year-end 2016. In June, Maiden redeemed its $100 million 8 per cent senior notes due 2042, and issued $150 million 6.7 per cent non-cumulative preference shares. Before the earnings report was released Maiden’s shares closed at $10.56 in New York, down 45 cents, or 4.09 per cent.

2017. February 28. Maiden Holdings Ltd made a net loss of $74.7 million in the fourth quarter of last year as the company had to bolster reserves for its commercial auto line of business. The Bermuda-based reinsurer said the $120.4 million charge included a provision for adverse development realized during the quarter, as well as “a more conservative view of the ultimate exposures on commercial auto liability through the portfolio”. Maiden, which has offices on Front Street, had announced the charge last week. The net operating loss of $69.7 million, or 81 cents per share, bettered the 98 cents per share loss consensus forecast of analysts tracked by Yahoo Finance. The combined ratio — reflecting the proportion of premium dollars spent on claims and expenses — was 117.4 per cent, compared to 99.9 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2015. The cost of deaths on US roads rocketed 12 per cent in 2016 to around $432 billion and there was a 6 per cent increase in road fatalities last year, on top of a 7 per cent jump in 2015. “Despite the significant challenges presented in the commercial auto business, we reported a modest profit for the year and have continued to grow our business and investible assets while strengthening investment income,” Art Raschbaum, Maiden’s chief executive officer, said. “We remain focused on improving the profitability of our business and believe the fourth quarter reserve charge will help us to stabilize underwriting performance as we enter 2017. Importantly, our 2016 underwriting year expected loss ratios reflect solid profitability. While the market remains competitive, we were able to expand our business in 2016 by leveraging our strong franchise and value-added products and services. We believe our prospects for continued disciplined growth are strong. Additionally, we are in an excellent position to improve our cost of capital, and will explore opportunities to refinance our existing indebtedness in 2017 at an improved rate.” Net income for the year was $15.2 million, or 19 cents per share, compared to $100.1 million, or $1.31 per share, in 2015. Gross premiums rose 6.3 per cent to $2.8 billion during the 12-month period, while the combined ratio for the year was 103.2 per cent, worsening from 99.3 per cent in 2015. Net investment income for the year was $145.9 million, up 11.3 per cent from the $131.1 million recorded in 2015. Book value per share at year end was $12.12 per share, up 3 per cent for the year. Maiden shares closed at $16.50 in Nasdaq Stock Exchange trading last night.

2017. February 16. Maiden Holdings Ltd shares plunged by nearly 10 per cent yesterday after the reinsurer said it was taking a $120 million charge to boost reserves in its commercial auto division. The Bermuda-based company, which has offices at 131 Front Street, is due to report fourth-quarter and full-year earnings on February 27. Despite the charge Maiden said in a statement that it expected to report “a modest level of operating and net income for the full year”. The company’s shares fell by $1.85, or 9.8 per cent, to close on $17 in New York. Art Raschbaum, Maiden’s chief executive officer, said: “For some time, Maiden has experienced adverse development across its historical commercial auto portfolio, primarily emanating from the 2011-2014 underwriting years. “Throughout the industry, commercial auto loss cost severity trends have been rising and we believe it is prudent to address this adverse trend by strengthening the company’s loss reserve position. We believe we have taken appropriate steps to respond to adverse development and believe this reserve strengthening will help to stabilize forward performance and profitability.” Maiden added that it would have generated profitable underwriting results for the year, absent the reserve strengthening measures. The company said it expected no change to be made to its quarterly dividend policy. According to company data, the commercial auto business generated 11 per cent of Maiden’s gross premiums in 2015.

2016. November 2. Maiden Holdings Ltd has reported net income for the third-quarter of $31.8 million. That is up on the $22.5 million recorded for the same period last year. Art Raschbaum, CEO of Maiden, said: “Maiden continued to deliver strong results with a year over year improvement in our combined ratio, double-digit operating return on common equity, increased investment income, continued book growth in book value and disciplined growth from virtually all business activities, despite an increasingly challenging operating environment with intensifying competition, as well as growing loss cost volatility.” He said that the boost came from both existing clients and new business won by the firm. Gross premiums written for the quarter went up 12.5 per cent to $706.9 million, compared to the $628.5 million recorded in the same period last year. Net investment income also went up 8.6 per cent to $35.7 million. The total net operating income also increased, up $4.4 million, to $30.2 million.

Maiden Re Subsidiary of Maiden Holdings above.

2019. October 23. Maiden Reinsurance Ltd plans to re-domesticate from Bermuda to the US, and it is aiming to complete the move around the start of the new year. The company has submitted filings to re-domesticate to Vermont. According to a statement issued by Bermuda-based holding company Maiden Holdings Ltd, it has been determined that re-domesticating its principal operating subsidiary Maiden Re to Vermont “will enable the company to better align its operations, capital and resources with the company’s liabilities, which originate mostly in the United States, resulting in a more efficient structure”. It said the proposed re-domestication, in combination with an extended series of actions previously taken and done in close consultation with the Bermuda Monetary Authority to de-risk the company’s balance sheet “will continue to strengthen the company’s capital position and solvency ratios”. When asked if there would be any change to staffing levels in Bermuda as a result of the proposed re-domestication, a spokesman said it would be premature to speculate on potential operational impacts until the process is complete. In addition, the company has applied to transfer the listing of its shares from the Nasdaq Global Select Market to the Nasdaq Capital Market. The shares will continue to trade under the symbol MHLD. In August, Maiden Holdings said it entered into a series of strategic transactions that had “materially improved its capital position”. Maiden Holdings Ltd, which has offices on Pitts Bay Road, was formed as a Bermudian-based holding company in 2007. Maiden Holdings other operations include Maiden Reinsurance North America Inc, and Maiden Global Holdings. The company has underwriting operations in Bermuda and the US, with production teams in other locations, including the UK and Germany.

Majestic Capital

Bermuda-based, subsidiaries of which offer workers’ compensation insurance in the US. Changed its name from Compensation Risk Managers. Majestic Insurance also provided workers’ comp coverage to employers in Arizona, Nevada, New Jersey and other states. During 2010 it wrote $69 million direct premiums in California.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group A member of the Bermuda-registered Jardine Matheson Group, an international hotel investment and management group with luxury hotels, resorts and residences in Asia, Europe and the Americas, including in Hawaii, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, London and Macau. One of the prominent exceptions to the rule that Bermuda international or exempted companies cannot operate in Bermuda. This group once (until 2014) operated Bermuda's Elbow Beach Hotel, among many others.
Mandarin Oriental International  
Magnuss 10/18/2011. Since 2010. 21 Laffan Street, Hamilton, Bermuda. Email Leading maritime shipping technology firm. Named after German physicist Heinrich Gustav Magnus who discovered that a rotating cylinder exposed to a stream of wind generates a force perpendicular to the direction of the wind. Delivers onboard systems tracked from Magnus discoveries that reduce fuel consumption and emissions for many clients owning and operating global shipping fleets.
MAK Capital Fund LP By MAK GP LLC.
Mam 5/19/1997
Man-AHLI Converter 4/14/2000
Man-AP Stratum 7/2/1999
Man-Barnegat Strategies 1/29/2001
Man-Diversified Fund II 6/23/2003
Man-Diversified Funds 9/24/1999
Man-Fidex (Bermuda) 9/29/1999
Man-Glenwood Holdings 1/3/1995
Man-Glenwood Nexus Dollar Trading 9/1/2000
Man-Glenwood Nexus Euro Trading 9/1/2000
Man-Glenwood Nexus Guaranteed 9/1/2000
Man-Glenwood Select Dollar Trading 12/11/2000
Man-Glenwood Select Euro Trading 12/11/2000
Man-Glenwood Select 12/11/2000
Man-Glenwood Select Series B 4/25/2002
Man-Glenwood Select (Series A) 6/5/2001
Man-Glenwood Select (Series A) Trading 6/5/2001
Man-Glenwood TEI Fund 12/11/2000
Man-IP 220 Eur Bonds Trading 5/17/2005
Man-IP 220 Fusion 1/15/1998
Man-IP 220 8/9/1996
Man-IP 220 Plus Bonds 3/28/2000
Man-IP 220 Plus 9/3/1999
Man-IP 220 Plus (Series 2) 1/7/2000
Man-IP 220 Plus (Series 3) 3/30/2001
Man-IP 220 Plus (Series 4) 8/1/2001
Management Solutions A local company that holds the IIP licence for Bermuda and the Caribbean region. The Investors in People (IPP) Standard is an international framework and mark of excellence for people management across 75 countries, enabling organisations to realize improved business results and strategic targets. IIP International announced its sixth-generation Standard in September 2015. 
Mandarin Oriental 2026. January 7. This Bermuda-based hotel firm has bought Boston’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel for $140 million. Mandarin Oriental has managed the hotel on the city’s upmarket Boylston Street since it opened in 2008. But now the company, part of the Bermuda-based Jardine Matheson empire, has bought the freehold and hotel business from CWB Hotel Ltd Partnership. Mandarin Oriental also manages the 85 privately-owned “Residences at Mandarin Oriental” which are linked to the hotel. Mandarin Oriental chief executive Edouard Ettedgui said: “We are delighted to acquire the property that houses our luxury hotel in the heart of Boston.” Mandarin Oriental operates or has under development 47 hotels in 25 countries with a total of 11,000 rooms. It also operates or is developing 17 residential developments connected to its properties.
Man Sang International Represented by Codan Services Ltd.
Manulife International Holdings Appleby Spurling & Hunter
Mapely Steps

HMRC HQ owned by this company

A subsidiary of UK-based Mapely Ltd. In late 2002, the UK Inland Revenue sold Mapely 600 UK properties worth over 100 million pounds sterling, then leased them back. In 2016 England's Sunday Times newspaper revealed that UK Land Registry records seen by it show that one of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) most prestigious offices in London (see above photo) is owned by this Bermuda-based company set up to legally avoid tax of £170m on the UK government deal referred to above. Custom House, an imposing neo-classical building on the Thames, is owned by Mapeley Steps. The grade I-listed building is among more than 490 UK government offices ultimately owned by companies based in tax havens.

Marcuard Capital (Bermuda) Run by investment banker Han-Joerg Rudloff, deputy chairman of Rosneft until 2013.
Marcuard Holding Chaired by investment banker Han-Joerg Rudloff, deputy chairman of Rosneft until 2013.
Marcuard Services London-based
Marcuard Spectrum Chancery Hall 52 BMU, Hamilton HM 12. Swift code MAUMBMH1
Marine and Aerospace Systems  
Marine Management Services P. O. Box HM 1543, Hamilton HM FX. Hemisphere House, 9 Church Street West, Hamilton HM 11. Phone 292-6622. Fax 292-8555.
March International Holdings  
Marco Polo Pure Asset Management 2015, April 23. The Shanghai stock market is set for a boom after Chinese government reforms, said Aaron Boesky, CEO.  said that investors should look east as China cuts interest rates and pumps money into creating a service economy. He told guests at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club that the Chinese market was 99 per cent Chinese-owned and investors, with state-limited information, tended to move in packs.  Mr Boesky said over the last few years, a new Chinese administration had raised its interest rate, currently at more than 5 per cent, compared to near zero in the US and Europe, and cleaned up corruption after years of a building boom, but had now signaled interest rate cuts to stimulate service industries. He added: “The new leadership has signaled to the market that they are essentially satisfied with the clean-up and they now want to see the economy go again. The leaders have a vision, which is spot on, that China will reaccelerate a second boom which will be services-driven.”
Markel Catco Investment Management 141 Front Street, Top floor of 10-storey office building. Manages a range of diversified Bermuda insurance and reinsurance-based investments. Listed on the London Stock Exchange's Specialist Fund Market. It raised $80 million from investors, before its shares started trading. Its institutional investors include Henderson Global Investors ($16.1 million), Co-operative Insurance Society ($16.1 million), Baillie Gifford ($8 million) and JP Morgan Asset Management ($6.5 million). CatCo also has substantial financial backing from the Qatari Insurance Company. Glen Allen, Virginia-based company.

2019. November 1. Markel Corp reported third-quarter earnings of $193.4 million as underwriting performance improved. The Glen Allen, Virginia-based company with re/insurance operations in Bermuda said it had net income of $13.95 per share. The results exceeded analysts’ expectations. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $7.55 per share. The insurer posted revenue of $2.03 billion in the period. Its adjusted revenue was $2 billion, which met Wall Street forecasts. For the nine months ended September 30, operating revenues totaled $6.9 billion, up from $5.8 billion in the corresponding period of last year. The combined ratio — the proportion of premium income spent on claims and expenses — improved to 94 per cent for the third quarter of 2019 compared to 99 per cent for the third quarter of 2018. Markel shares have increased slightly more than 9 per cent since the beginning of the year. The stock has increased 11 per cent in the last 12 months. Thomas Gayner and Richard Whitt, co-chief executive officers, said: “Our operating results for the quarter continue to reflect profitable top line growth across the company. We produced a meaningful underwriting profit, despite catastrophes losses during the period, and we’re seeing excellent results from our Markel Ventures operations. Our investment portfolio continues to make meaningful contributions to both net income and comprehensive income, driven by favourable market conditions.”

2019. July 27. Markel is to set up a new retrocessional insurance-linked securities platform in Bermuda to replace Markel CatCo, which will go into run-off. The American parent company said the Markel Catco Investment Management will stop accepting new investments and the funds it oversees will be wound down over the next three years. The new operation intends to target 2020 renewal business. Markel Global Reinsurance executives Jed Rhoads and Andrew “Barney” Barnard will lead the new operation, Markel said. “Markel is tremendously optimistic about the future of the ILS market,” Richard Whitt, co-chief executive officer at Markel, said. "Over time we expect this new platform to broaden Markel’s capabilities and provide institutional investors access to further opportunities in insurance risk, complementing our existing Nephila and State National operations. The 2020 Retro Fund is expected to provide investors with access to property catastrophe retrocession exposure via a single-entry point and platform, and we expect it will additionally present a convenient and compelling offering to both our cedants and brokers.” The news follows a tumultuous period for Markel CatCo, which has seen the operation investigated over the recording of loss reserves by authorities in Bermuda and the US since late last year. Markel did not say whether the winding down of Markel CatCo was connected to the investigations. And in January, the company dismissed Tony Belisle, Markel CatCo’s chief executive officer, and Alissa Fredericks, CEO — Bermuda, over “violations by Mr Belisle and Ms Fredricks of Markel policies relating to an undisclosed personal relationship”. The fired executives then sued Markel, with Mr Belisle claiming unpaid bonuses of $65.9 million and Ms Fredericks claiming she was owed $7.4 million. Markel said this month that it had settled one of the cases and was in binding arbitration to resolve the other. CatCo set up as a collateralised reinsurance fund in 2010 and the company was acquired by Markel in 2015.

2017. November 28. Markel Catco Investment Management Ltd has raised $543 million of new capital from a share offering. The successful raise follows last month’s raising of $1.8 billion by the Bermudian-based company, which offers collateralized reinsurance products and invests in insurance-linked securities. Tony Belisle, chief executive of Markel Catco, said: “We are delighted with the tremendous support shown by existing and new investors for Markel Catco’s specialized ILS investment opportunity. “The fundraise will ensure the company continues to meet the growing demand from our buyers for our unique reinsurance protections.” The company was hit hard by catastrophes in the third quarter. Last month Markel Catco said its CatCo Reinsurance Opportunities Fund had implemented loss reserves for hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Irma amounting to 20 per cent of the fund’s net asset value. Large industry losses had also “resulted in increased pricing within the retrocessional reinsurance market and, in addition, a requirement by the company for new capital”, Markel Catco said on October 2.

2017. October 30. Bermuda-based Markel CatCo Investment Management Ltd has raised more than $1.8 billion for its private fund from existing and new investors — and next month it intends to raise more new capital. The company with a focus on collateralized reinsurance products was hit hard by catastrophes in the third quarter. Earlier this month, the company announced that its CatCo Reinsurance Opportunities Fund had implemented loss reserves for hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Irma amounting to 20 per cent of the fund’s net asset value. On October 2, CatCo said the hurricanes had “resulted in increased pricing within the retrocessional reinsurance market and, in addition, a requirement by the company for new capital”. And after its successful first wave of raising capital, it intends to publish a prospectus in early November with the aim of closing the fundraise, through a placing of new C shares, by the end of the month. “With over $1.8 billion already raised, this ensures that Markel CatCo can fund all of its January 1, 2018 reinsurance contract renewals as well as a portion of the increased buyer demand from its reinsurance clients,” the company said in a statement today. “The proceeds from the C shares will enable the fund to satisfy the additional buyer demand from existing and new reinsurance clients.” Tony Belisle, chief executive officer of Markel CatCo Investment Management Ltd, said: “The Markel CatCo team is extremely grateful for the tremendous support demonstrated by our investors and, equally importantly, by the buyers of our reinsurance protections and the loyalty they have shown towards our unique product offering. The ability to raise and deploy this significant amount of additional capital is testament to the Markel CatCo team focus on providing both exceptional, long term returns to our investors and, also, the highest levels of service to our reinsurance clients.”

2017. July 27. Financial holding company Markel has bought out a US insurer in a $919 million deal. Markel, based in the US but with this Bermuda subsidiary, is expected to take over State National in the cash transaction by the end of the year. Richard Whitt, Markel’s co-chief executive, said: “We are excited to be joining forces with State National — an industry leader with a talented management team that has delivered exceptional long-term results. “In addition, we are impressed by the cultural fit between our two organisations. Strategically, State National will help us to leverage our Insurtech and digital distribution initiatives, diversify our underwriting and fee based portfolios and revenue streams, and add to Markel’s third party capital capabilities. Combining Markel’s financial strength with State National’s unique business model and proven record of success, we are confident that all stakeholders will be well served moving forward.” State National, based in Texas, will continue under the same leadership and will operate as a separate business unit. Terry Ledbetter, State National’s chairman, said: “After careful and thorough analysis of a range of opportunities, our board of directors determined this transaction with Markel to be in the best interest of State National and our shareholders. We believe the transaction appropriately recognizes the value of State National’s business model, recent growth and future market opportunities as a leading specialty provider of property and casualty insurance services operating in two niche markets throughout the United States, and provides our shareholders with an immediate and attractive cash premium for their investment in State National. We believe this transaction with Markel is good for our employees and clients, as well as our shareholders. Markel recognizes our shared commitment to offering unique, high-quality solutions that simplify the complexities of insurance for clients nationwide. We have long respected Markel and are proud to partner with this distinguished company that has a strong reputation and proven track record of success in acquiring and partnering with insurance companies. This transaction is all about growth, not cost-cutting, and we believe that State National employees will benefit from being part of a larger, stronger, growth-oriented company with a more diversified platform. Our success is driven by the ongoing efforts of our talented employees and I thank them for their continued hard work and dedication. We look forward to working with Markel to quickly complete the transaction and are committed to ensuring a smooth transition.” The transaction is subject to the approval of a majority of State National shareholders, approvals by relevant state insurance regulators and other customary closing conditions. Members of the Ledbetter family have entered into a voting agreement with Markel in support of the merger. CF SNC Investors has entered into a separate similar voting agreement with Markel. The agreements mean around 37 per cent of State National’s common stock is committed to vote in favour of the transaction.

2015. September 10. Catco is to be acquired by US financial holding company Markel Corporation. Markel will acquire “substantially all of the assets of Catco”, according to a joint statement from the two companies. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year, subject to conditions. Two years ago, Markel acquired Bermuda insurer Alterra Capital in a $3.1 billion deal. Financial details and terms relating to the Catco deal have not been disclosed. However, there will be no changes to the Catco team, which will continue operating in Bermuda under the new name of Markel Catco Investment Management, led by chief executive officer Tony Belisle. Catco has a different office to Markel, with the head offices of Markel Global Insurance and Markel Global Reinsurance Corporation at Markel House, at 2 Front Street. Markel Corporation has its headquarters in Virginia. Mr Belisle said: “We are excited to join forces with Markel, a leading global speciality insurer and reinsurer which operates with a strong commitment to its core values and distinguished corporate culture. We felt this partnership offered a rare opportunity for Catco to combine with a culturally similar organization which shares our results-oriented commitment to success and market leadership. We are confident that uniting the strength of the Markel brand and its global reach with Catco’s differentiated product innovation capabilities will serve to improve our value proposition for investors and cedants. Catco has grown significantly since its launch in 2010, and the agreement with Markel will allow the same management team to maintain its commitment to both client service and continual product innovation.” Catco manages about $2.7 billion of retrocession and traditional reinsurance portfolios. Markel primarily markets and underwrites specialty insurance products. It also has market venture investments in a number of companies, which has resulted in it sometimes being referred to as “baby-Berkshire”, in reference to Warren Buffett’s conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway. Commenting on the Catco deal, Markel’s president and co-chief operating officer, Richard Whitt, said: “We are very pleased for Tony Belisle and the entire Catco team to join Markel. The addition of Catco’s insurance-linked investment management capabilities alongside Markel’s traditional reinsurance capabilities makes for a powerful combination. While Markel has a long and successful track record in the insurance linked securities space, the addition of the Catco team takes our capabilities to an entirely new level. The current challenges in the reinsurance and retrocessional markets are well documented. Despite these short-term challenges, we believe that with innovative products and services the long-term future is bright.”

Markel Global Insurance Markel House, 2 Front Street, Hamilton. HQ in Virginia, USA. 

2020. January 15. Markel Corporation has appointed Bermudian Margot Green as head of Bermuda claims. She will manage the Bermuda professional liability and property claims teams, in addition to the casualty claims team that she currently manages. In addition, she will continue to act as complex claims counsel for the Bermuda casualty claims team. Previously, Ms Green served as director and senior counsel, complex claims, at Markel Bermuda and was responsible for managing the Bermuda casualty claims team. She joined Markel in 2016 as an executive claims examiner on the Bermuda casualty team. She has also held positions with the insurance and reinsurance group at Crowell & Moring LLP in Washington, DC, and worked as a summer intern in the general counsel and claims offices of Ace Bermuda. Mia Finsness, managing director, global casualty underwriting and claims, said: “We are delighted that Margot will be assuming responsibility for the entire Bermuda claims organisation. She has proven herself to be a true leader, both at Markel and within the Bermuda re/insurance industry. We are confident that the Markel Bermuda claims teams will thrive under her leadership and direction.” Ms Green was born and raised in Bermuda and attended Mount Saint Agnes Academy. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University and The George Washington University Law School.

2017. June 8. Markel is restructuring its insurance operations to combine two divisions into one. The company, which is based in the US, but which has offices on Front Street, said the new division, to be known as Markel Assurance, would be up and running by the start of next year. The company’s existing Wholesale and Global Insurance operations will combine under the new banner, to be led by Bryan Sanders, president of Markel Wholesale. Bermuda will host an underwriting team for the new division, as will Dublin and London. In the US, Markel Assurance will operate through a regional structure with ten offices in six regions serving all major insurance hubs. Markel Assurance said gross written premium of the new division was around $1.8 billion, coming from three product lines — casualty, professional liability, and property/marine. “This move combines two talented and successful divisions and aligns our structure more closely with both production partners and customers,” said Richard Whitt, the co-chief executive officer of Markel. “We are committed to innovation and to making it easier to do business with Markel — establishing this new division accomplishes both of those objectives.” Mr Sanders added: “We will have more resources, more products, and all of the long-term relationships that have brought us this far. Creating this new division will help Markel maintain its leadership position.”

Markel Global Reinsurance Markel House, 2 Front Street, Hamilton. As above.
Markit 1/16/2014. See under IHS Markit.
Marriott International Services Since 2/17/1971
Marriott (Germany) Hotels Since 4/21/1989
Marsh Executive Benefits International 7/8/1998. Victoria Hall, 11 Victoria Street, Hamilton HM 11. Phone 441-292-4402. Fax 441-297-9780. Website firm, based in New York, one of the largest insurance brokers in the world, has offices in Bermuda operating under the Marsh and Guy Carpenter names. It generates more than half of its revenue outside of the US.
Marsh IAS Management Services (Bermuda) 9/9/1998
Marsh International Holdings II Inc 8/24/1999
Marsh & McLennan Bakhsh 9/30/1980
Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc 8/7/2008

2018. September 20. Marsh & McLennan Companies plans to cut its global workforce by as much as 5 per cent after it completes the planned $5.7 billion acquisition of Jardine Lloyd Thompson. The news came in a filing by MMC with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The two companies, both of which have operations in Bermuda, announced agreement on the takeover deal on Tuesday. It is expected to close in the spring of 2019. MMC says there will be “duplication” of functions between the merging businesses and that it plans to achieve annual cost savings of about $250 million. Given that the two firms have a combined global workforce of around 75,000, as many as 3,750 jobs could be at risk. In Bermuda, both companies offer captive management services and act as re/insurance brokers and risk advisers. MMC’s business is based in the Power House on Par-la-Ville Road and JLT’s base is in Cedar House, on Cedar Avenue. In the SEC filing, MMC said that it had not finalized its plans for staffing yet. “MMC’s preliminary evaluation suggests that MMC is expected to achieve synergies of approximately $250 million within three years of completion of the acquisition, a substantial portion of which could come from headcount reductions in addition to savings in real estate, IT, outside services and other initiatives,” the filing states. “Based on this preliminary evaluation, MMC expects a potential headcount reduction of between 2 and 5 per cent of the total combined group workforce across all geographies, including in the UK, Continental Europe, Asia, North America, the Middle East, Latin America and the Pacific, and from a broad range of job categories, including functional support areas such as finance, human resources, IT, operations, legal and administrative support staff.” MMC has about 85 office locations around the world and JLT has 40. MMC intends to “to consolidate offices where feasible in order to significantly reduce rental and lease expenses and to enable colleagues to work more closely together”.

Marsh & McLennan Global Broking (Bermuda) 10/17/1978
Marsh & McLennan Innovation Centre Holdings II 9/2/2014
Marsh & McLennan Management Services (Bermuda) 8/14/1968. .
Marsh & McLennan Properties (Bermuda) 6/17/1997
Marsh & McLennan Risk Capital Holdings (Bermuda) 6/18/1993
Martin Currie China A Share Fund Administered by Citigroup Forum FD Services Bermuda 
Marvell Technology Group

Canons Court, 22 Victoria Street, Hamilton HM 12. The maker of chips for Apple Inc.'s iPod media player. Co-founder and former chief operating officer was Weili Dai, of  Los Altos Hills, California, founded the company in 1995 with husband Sehat Sutardja. Today, Marvell makes processors that run smartphones, has its US operating subsidiary in Santa Clara, California and operations worldwide with approximately 5,000 employees. It has international design centers located in the US, Europe, Israel, Singapore and China.

2017. November 21. LOS ANGELES (Bloomberg) — Marvell Technology Group Ltd, a microchip maker domiciled in Bermuda, has agreed to pay $6 billion to acquire Cavium. The buyer will pay $40 in cash plus 2.1757 Marvell common shares for each Cavium share, according to a statement yesterday. Marvell plans to use $1.75 billion in debt financing to fund the transaction. Cavium shares rose to a record yesterday, while Marvell also gained. The main business of Marvell, which is run from Santa Clara, California, is in chips that control hard disk drives, a market that’s no longer growing as new technology begins to take over data storage. Cavium, which is based in San Jose, California, makes networking processors and is one of several companies trying to use ARM Holdings technology to break into the server microprocessor market. It’s an ambitious move because Intel, the world’s largest chipmaker, dominates the sector with a 99 per cent share. The deal was expensive but necessary to help both companies compete with the giants of the semiconductor industry, including Intel, Qualcomm Inc and Broadcom Ltd, Kevin Cassidy, an analyst with Stifel Nicolaus & Co, said in a note. Cost savings could add 10 per cent to the combined company’s annual profit, he said. The acquisition of Cavium is the biggest deal for Marvell chief executive officer Matthew J. Murphy, who took the role last year after an accounting scandal forced the resignation of his predecessor. “This is an exciting combination of two very complementary companies that together equal more than the sum of their parts,” Murphy said in a statement.

Mayfair Bermuda Holding company
Mass Mutual Finance Group Victoria Hall, 11 Victoria Street, Hamilton HM 11. (441) 299-8828. (441) 299-8813. Other Bermuda-based companies include Mass Mutual International (Bermuda) Ltd and Mass Mutual Life Insurance Company Ltd.
Mearbridge LLC Victoria Hall, 11 Victoria Street, Hamilton HM 11. Phone 292-8725. Fax 292-2216.
Medallion International A hedge fund management firm with close links to Mr. Jim Simons. 
MediaAlpha 2017. October 16. MediaAlpha, a company owned by Bermuda-based White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd has acquired parts of’s health and life insurance business. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. MediaAlpha is an advertising technology company. It operates exchange platforms that facilitate real-time transactions between advertisers and publishers of performance media (i.e., clicks, calls and leads). MediaAlpha has developed distinctive platform solutions for a range of insurance verticals, including auto, motorcycle, home, renter, health and life, and non-insurance verticals, including travel, education, personal finance and home services. It powers over 25 million transactions annually, representing more than $250 million in aggregate media spend. In a statement, White Mountains said the acquisition will expand MediaAlpha’s footprint in the health insurance and life insurance verticals and increase the company’s scale and profitability. “We are pleased to support MediaAlpha in its acquisition,” commented Chris Delehanty, Managing Director of White Mountains. “The deal supplements MediaAlpha’s strong organic growth and further establishes MediaAlpha as the leader in its marketplace.” The acquisition was financed with debt from MediaAlpha’s existing lender, Bridge Bank, and equity funded by MediaAlpha’s existing unit holders. As a result of the transaction, White Mountains’ ownership in MediaAlpha increased to approximately 59 per cent on a fully-diluted basis.
Medici Ventures LLC 2018. This entity reaffirmed with a memorandum of understanding signed with the Bermuda Government its intention to create 30 jobs in Bermuda.

2018. April 30. Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with this second fintech business as efforts to build the industry in Bermuda continue. David Burt, the Premier, announced this morning that an MOU had been signed with Medici Ventures with the intent to create jobs and educational opportunities for Bermudians. The MOU was signed by Patrick Byrne, the founder and CEO of, of which Medici Ventures is a subsidiary. The company was formed to incubate, launch and invest in blockchain investments. A spokesman said the MOU established that Medici Ventures would make Bermuda its “laboratory” for blockchain innovations coming out of its stable of a dozen blockchain firms. The MOU also promised at least 30 jobs in Bermuda over the next three years. The company will develop a security token trading platform in Bermuda and work with the Bermuda Government to develop and improve a legal and regulatory framework. Mr Burt said: “On behalf of the Government of Bermuda, I am extremely pleased to sign this MOU which demonstrates that global investors are taking note of what Bermuda is doing. We look forward to working with Medici to ensure that the commitments made in this MOU are realised. Bermuda is at the forefront of the fintech industry creating an environment in which Bermudian businesses can thrive, opportunities for Bermudians can be created and in which capable, qualified Bermudians can benefit from opportunities to train, work and succeed at every level.” The signing comes days after Government signed and MOU with the Binance Group, which was promised to create 30 jobs for Bermudians and a $10 million investment in training. The House of Assembly approved legislation to regulate Initial Coin Offerings on Friday, with legislation covering cryptocurrencies expected to be tabled soon.

Mercalli Re 2016. Special Purpose insurer.
Mercury Consultants PO  Box HM 187, Hamilton HMAX
Mercury Group Since 1996.A management company which provides corporate and specialized support to its funds and family office clientele.
Meridian Capital Ventures P. O. Box 215, Devonshire DV BX, Bermuda
Meridian Global Fund Services Bermuda-incorporated, named 2012 best hedge fund administrator in North America by Hedgeweek.
Meditor Capital Management (Bermuda) 79 Front Street, Hamilton HM 12. Phone 296-5946. Fax 296-4999.
Merck Sharp and Dohme (International) P. O. Box HM 1429, Hamilton HM FX. Bermuda office of Merck & Co Inc, a major USA research-based pharmaceutical company of Rahway, New Jersey.  Known to have 14 subsidiaries in Bermuda.
Meridian Fund Services  Bermuda incorporated, head office is in Bermuda, named in 2012 as the best hedge fund administrator in North America by Hedgeweek. Administers around $13.5 billion for 85 hedge fund clients. Started out in Bermuda as Meridian Corporate Services in 1996 and became Meridian Fund Services eight years later. Also has offices in the Cayman Islands, Cambridge Massachusetts, and Halifax, Canada, where, like other fund administrators, it opened a lower-cost servicing centre.
Meritage Holdings Based in San Francisco. 
Meritus Trust Company 2015. July 1.  This Bermuda-based company was short listed for the “Independent Trust Company of the Year” category of the 2015/2016 Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Private Client Awards. STEP is the leading worldwide professional body for practitioners in the fields of trusts, estates and related services. The STEP Private Client Awards highlights excellence and innovation among private client solicitors/attorneys, accountants, barristers, bankers, trust managers, financial advisers and insurance professionals worldwide. 
Merrill Lynch  Two subsidiaries in Bermuda.
Metrocat Re 2017. May 23. A $125 million catastrophe bond covering some of the risks of the body responsible for public transport in New York has been listed on the Bermuda Stock Exchange. It is the second issuance from MetroCat Re, the Bermuda-domiciled special purpose insurer set up to issue the cat bond for the First Mutual Transportation Assurance Co, the New York state-licensed captive insurer and subsidiary of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. According to the website, which follows the alternative risk transfer market, the new MetroCat Re 2017-1 cat bond sees the MTA expanding the coverage it will receive from the capital markets, as it adds earthquake coverage to the named storm-induced storm surge risk it secured with its previous deal. The notes are exposed to parametric factors associated with storm surges caused by named storms and also earthquake risks, both within the New York metropolitan area, across a three-year term. The notes were eventually priced at a coupon of 3.7 per cent, just below the midpoint of initial price guidance, according to Artemis.
Mexico Infrastructure Finance (MIF) 2020. January 27. A legal battle over a failed hotel project has returned to court — with the future of a Hamilton car park at stake. Mexico Infrastructure Finance LLC, the company that provided a loan for construction of the hotel, has asked the Supreme Court to uphold a mortgage on the Par-la-Ville car park on Par-la-Ville Road and Church Street. The car park was used as collateral by the Corporation of Hamilton to guarantee the $18 million loan for the hotel — but the courts later ruled the guarantee was unenforceable. MIF now want damages on the grounds that the guarantee and the mortgage are “legally separable and distinct”. The company also asked the court to rule that the corporation should have to honour its agreement, that MIF would be entitled to sell the property and appoint a receiver, if PLV Ltd, the developer behind the hotel project, defaulted on its loan. Both parties appeared in the Supreme Court in October when MIF applied to amend their writ against the municipality. Puisne Judge Shade Subair Williams had presided over the case. Mrs Justice Subair Williams said in a decision, dated January 16: “The plaintiff’s currently pleaded case comprises of a contractual claim for breach of the mortgage agreement, under which the defendant conveyed the car park to the plaintiff. On the proposed draft of the amended writ, the plaintiff seeks to add a claim of negligence for breach of duty of care.” The amended claim also said that MIF sought “equitable title to the property” if the court finds that the mortgage was not legally valid. Mark Diel, lawyer for the corporation, argued in the October hearing the court should refuse the amendments as they were “bad in law or on the undisputed facts”. He also said the amendments should be cast aside as “irrelevant” and “useless”. But Keith Robinson, lawyer for MIF, said that an analysis of the merits of the case should be saved for a strikeout application or the trial. Mrs Justice Subair Williams ruled that the company could amend its writ. She said: “The term ‘useless’, in my judgment, is applicable to pleadings which are non-coherent and are incapable of argument at any level of skilled advocacy. That is because a non-coherent pleading which is incapable of argument is of no use. With that said, I see no reason to characterize the negligence claim as irrelevant or useless. Wrong or not in substance, on its face, the pleading is legally coherent.” The legal action is not the only one before the courts related to the failed hotel project. The Supreme Court also refused an application to stay a case filed by Fidelity National Title Insurance Company against Trott & Duncan, a Bermuda-based law firm. The insurance company has alleged that Trott & Duncan did not warn them the guarantee by the Corporation of Hamilton might not have been enforceable. Trott & Duncan applied last October to have the case delayed until after the mortgage case between MIF and the Corporation was completed. They argued that, if MIF was successful in its case against the municipality, the damages would be significantly less. But Mrs Justice Subair, in a decision dated January 17, said the case could proceed. She said: “The mortgage action will not decide the question of liability in this cause. At best, the mortgage action might be decided in such a way so as to forcibly reduce the claim for quantum of loss. I see no good reason to prevent the plaintiff from prosecuting its claim on this basis.” The Corporation of Hamilton signed an agreement in 2014 to guarantee a bridging loan from the company to Par-la-Ville Hotel and Residences Ltd, which planned to build a $350 million luxury hotel in the city. PLV defaulted on the loan after the agreement was signed. The city at first accepted a consent judgment and began to arrange financing. The municipality later appealed the judgment on the basis that it was not empowered to issue the guarantee as it was not for a “municipal purpose”. The legal battle went to the Privy Council in London, which found in January 2019 that the corporation had acted beyond its remit, which meant the guarantee was not valid.

2019. January 24. This company that lost millions in the failed Par-la-Ville hotel project has urged businesses to avoid the island in a message to the United States Consulate for Bermuda. A spokesman for Mexico Infrastructure Finance Ltd wrote to Constance Dierman, the US Consul General, urging her to warn other companies from “doing business with and in the jurisdiction”. The company said: “MIF has incurred a multimillion-dollar loss of principal, plus substantial litigation expenses, including those of the City of Hamilton, having done nothing other than provide, in good faith, financing to support a hospitality project fully endorsed by the CoH and Government of Bermuda. Although the CoH and PLV were undeniably responsible for releasing the MIF loan proceeds to their immediate theft, the CoH has unjustly succeeded in shifting the monetary loss consequences of those actions to MIF. While MIF will continue to seek justice, in addition to a lawsuit already in course in New York, we believe it is important that other potential investors in, and lenders to, Bermuda be aware of the above facts and actions by the CoH.” The message came after London’s Privy Council ruled against the company in a dispute over a loan guarantee issued by the City of Hamilton. The municipality has signed an agreement in 2014 to guarantee an $18 million bridging loan from the company to Par-la-Ville Hotel and Residences Ltd. When PLV defaulted on the loan, the city initially accepted a consent judgment and began to arrange financing. But the municipality later appealed the judgment on the basis that it was not empowered to issue the guarantee as it was not for a “municipal purpose”.

2019. January 24. Criminal charges were dismissed yesterday against former Mayor of Hamilton Graeme Outerbridge, city secretary Ed Benevides, developer Michael MacLean and his wife, Yasmin MacLean. The four had been charged with offences related to a failed hotel development on Hamilton’s Par-la-Ville car park. Puisne Judge Charles-Etta Simmons ruled yesterday that there was not enough evidence against any of the four to proceed to trial. She dismissed all of the charges against the group and released them. Mexico Infrastructure Finance, the complainant in the case, said legal actions over the dispute continue in New York. MIF immediately fired off a letter to the US Consul General urging that business contacts in Bermuda be discouraged. Mr Outerbridge and Mr Benevides had been accused of agreeing corruptly to obtain property for the benefit of the MacLeans by authoring the release of $15,449,858 from an escrow account at the Bank of New York. Mr MacLean, Mr Outerbridge and Mr Benevides were also accused of dishonestly obtaining the money in the account, belonging to Mexico Infrastructure Finance. The MacLeans were further charged with stealing $13,749,858 belonging to MIF and using stolen money knowing that it “in whole or in part directly or indirectly” was the proceeds of criminal conduct. Before the group were required to enter pleas to the charges, they filed applications on the grounds that there was insufficient evidence for the matter to go before a jury. Mrs Justice Simmons delivered a decision in Supreme Court yesterday, in which she said there was a “paucity of evidence” against Mrs MacLean. She told the court: “It seems to have been a presumption by the prosecution that because her name is on the account, and because her husband was involved in business arrangements, that she committed the offences with which she has been charged. “No reasonable jury could make a finding of guilty in the circumstances.” Mrs Justice Simmons said Charles Richardson, who represented the MacLeans, argued there was no evidence they acted dishonestly. She said: “He contends that lawyers for the relevant parties were advising them, that the principal of MIF himself had legal advisers, that three opinions from eminent law firms were required and were received.” Mrs Justice Simmons agreed there was insufficient evidence of dishonesty, therefore the allegations of corruption against Mr Outerbridge or Mr Benevides could not be stood up. She similarly dismissed the charges of money laundering and theft against both MacLeans. Mr Outerbridge and the MacLeans declined to comment on the decision yesterday, while Mr Benevides could not be reached yesterday Mr Benevides has been on administrative leave from the City of Hamilton since he was charged in May. The Royal Gazette asked mayor Charles Gosling for comment about the ruling and Mr Benevides’s status, but did not receive a response. Larry Mussenden, the Director of Public Prosecutions, did not respond when asked about the possibility of an appeal. After yesterday’s ruling, an MIF spokesman said: “Whether the actions are deemed criminal or not in Bermuda does not change the fact that they occurred and were extremely damaging to MIF.” All of the charges related to a 2014 bridging loan from MIF to Par-la-Ville Hotel and Residences, which was guaranteed by the City of Hamilton. As part of the agreement, $18 million was placed in an escrow account at The Bank of New York Mellon. The sum was released to PLV in October 2014 after PLV entered into a financial agreement with Gibraltar-based Argyle Limited. MIF has claimed the agreement was not a permanent loan funding agreement as required, but instead a “Trade and Profit Share Agreement”. London’s High Court heard in 2017 that PLV transferred $12.5 million through a trust to Argyle UAE Ltd, run by businessman Robert McKellar. It is alleged Mr McKellar used the money to buy a luxury Aston Martin car, an engagement ring and two countryside properties in the south of England. The developer defaulted on the loan in December 2014 sparking a series of legal actions in Bermuda and elsewhere. MIF launched legal action against the City of Hamilton and The Bank of New York Mellon in the Supreme Court of New York alleging the money was withdrawn through “fraudulent and negligent misrepresentations”. Fidelity National Title Insurance Company has filed a writ in the Supreme Court against Bermuda law firm Trott & Duncan claiming that it became involved in the failed hotel project because of advice it was given by the firm. Delroy Duncan, partner at Trott & Duncan, said the proceedings were “without merit” and would be “contested vigorously”.

2019. January 22. The City of Hamilton dodged a $30 million bullet after London’s Privy Council found in its favour in a dispute over a guarantee for a failed hotel project, the mayor said yesterday. The Corporation of Hamilton had guaranteed an $18 million bridging loan, which defaulted, between Mexico Infrastructure Finance and Par-la-Ville Hotel and Residences Ltd. However, Lady Arden, in a majority decision released yesterday, ruled that the project did not have a “municipal purpose” — which meant the corporation did not have the power to give the guarantee, which voided it. Charles Gosling, the Mayor of Hamilton, said he was pleased by the ruling. He added: “If we had not challenged the guarantee, the city ratepayer and anyone using city services would have had to shoulder, in large part, the funding for the financing of the debt, which, with financial and other charges, could conceivably have totaled close to $30 million.” Lady Arden, in a decision backed by Lord Reed and Lord Briggs, said it was clear the purpose of the guarantee was to help the developer obtain funding. She added: “It is no part of the corporation’s functions to act as banker to a developer. The hotel complex did not provide any service or facility for inhabitants, except possibly for the conferencing facilities, but it has not been suggested that the conferencing facilities alone, doubtless a relatively small part of the total complex, could make the purpose municipal. The guarantee was not capable of being brought within the corporation’s powers by reference to a wider motivation and desire on the corporation’s part generally to promote Hamilton’s economic development.” Lord Sumption wrote a dissenting opinion, supported by Lord David Lloyd-Jones, that argued the Corporation did have the power to guarantee the bridging loan. He said: “‘Municipal purposes’ are purposes calculated to benefit the current and future residents, permanent or temporary, of Hamilton in their capacity as such. That is the relevant limitation. I can see no justification either in principle or in the language of the provision for distinguishing between benefits consisting in the direct provision of services or facilities to residents, and expenditure on the promotion of the city’s economic development which benefits the residents less directly.” Lord Sumption wrote that the city could invest in sports or entertainment facilities, even if they would be mostly used by non-residents. He said: “It would be artificial to say that these purposes, which indirectly serve the economic interests of the city and its inhabitants, are not municipal purposes. These examples, and one could give many others, illustrate the technical, functionally irrelevant and barely workable distinctions which it is necessary to make if the test favored by the majority be correct.” The Corporation of Hamilton backed an $18 million bridging loan from MIF to Par-la-Ville Hotel and Residences Ltd in 2014 and put up the city’s Par-la-Ville car park as collateral. The guarantee was intended to help the development of a $350 million luxury hotel, to have been built on the site of the car park. But the developer defaulted on the loan and a consent ruling was made by the Supreme Court in May 2015 against the corporation for the full amount plus interest. The city later appealed on the ground that it never had the legal power to make the guarantee, which meant the agreement was null and void. The Supreme Court found in favour of the municipality in 2016 and the decision was later upheld in the Court of Appeal. Mr Gosling said the ruling removed a “potential commitment” from the city’s books, but that the prolonged legal battle gave the city time to tackle a decline in revenues. He added: “We will carry on with that initiative. We still see street parking revenue continuing to fall, even with a reinvigorated collection of parking fines.” Mr Gosling said: “This revenue recovery has greatly lessened the hindering impact of a repayment schedule, but we will continue on that front as well as other issues such as the installation of solar panels where we can promise full power usage for such everyday energy gobbling utilities as our sewerage pumps.” He added that the municipality also wanted to improve sewage treatment in a bid to cut the risk of “grease balls” off South Shore. He said: “Initial studies have been very positive. If our results are reaffirmed, this multiyear project could be started within months — as long as we remember anyone can borrow money. It is the paying back that is the challenge.”

2017. August 2.  This finance firm has launched a bid to claw back a $13.7 million loan intended to help fund the failed Par-la-Ville hotel development from the City of Hamilton and a US bank. Mexico Infrastructure Finance wants compensation plus interest on the money, loaned to Par-la-Ville Hotel and Residences three years ago, from the city and The Bank of New York Mellon. While courts in Bermuda last November ruled that the Corporation’s guarantee for the $18 million loan was void, Mexico Infrastructure Finance (MIF) has alleged that the money was withdrawn through “fraudulent and negligent misrepresentations” in a complaint filed in the Supreme Court of New York. According to a press statement released on behalf of MIF, in July of 2014 the company agreed to loan up to $18 million to the hotel developer, subject to various conditions. The statement said: “The purpose of the MIF Loan was to cover PLV’s expenses associated with procuring $325 million in long-term, senior financing to construct a luxury hotel, condominium, and car park project in Hamilton. The MIF loan was a short-term bridge loan that would mature on December 30, 2014. The majority of the loan could not be accessed by PLV unless and until PLV had secured a senior loan of at least $225 million and an equity investment of at least $100 million to finance the project, all of which was subject to the review by and approval of Hamilton. Hamilton signed an escrow agreement with MIF, PLV and The Bank of New York Mellon as escrow agent, which allowed the proceeds of the MIF Loan to be released only upon the written authorization of Hamilton and then only to a senior escrow account for the benefit of the senior lender.” According to the complaint, MIF was unable to review or approve the loan documents due to “supposed confidentiality concerns” and relied on the Corporation and the bank to ensure that senior financing was secured. In October of 2014, the complaint claims that PLV informed the municipality that it had entered into a financial agreement with Argyle Limited. However, MIF claims that the agreement was not a permanent loan funding agreement, but instead a “Trade and Profit Share Agreement” between Argyle and trustees of the Skyline Trust. “The Argyle agreement was not and does not even purport to be a ‘loan agreement’, and unquestionably did not qualify as a ‘permanent loan’ to PLV as defined in the escrow agreement,” the complaint said. “Indeed, PLV is not a party to the Argyle agreement.” It added that the fact the money was moved into the PLV director’s personal account should have raised clear “red flags”. The lawsuit alleged that the municipality “falsely represented” that senior financing was in place and instructed the escrow agent to release the funds to PLV instead of to the senior escrow. The statement by MIF continued: “As a result of Hamilton’s fraudulent and negligent misrepresentations, more than $13.7 million of MIF’s funds were diverted and, according to press reports, were used to finance extravagant purchases, including an Aston Martin, an engagement ring, and two properties in the English countryside.” The Corporation of Hamilton had not responded to a request for comment by press time last night. The loan and guarantee has been the subject of legal contention since the loan first defaulted on December 31, 2014. While the Corporation initially signed a consent order, it later applied to overturn that order on the grounds it was not legally empowered to make the original guarantee. Bermuda’s Supreme Court last November ruled that the Corporation had acted “ultra vires” — beyond its powers — in providing the guarantee, which made both the guarantee and the consent order invalid. The decision was upheld by the Court of Appeal this year.

2017. May 15. Finance firm Mexico Infrastructure Limited has failed in its bid to overturn a court ruling that removed responsibility for repaying an $18 million loan from the Corporation of Hamilton. Last November, Supreme Court Judge Stephen Hellman ruled that the Corporation had no power to guarantee the loan from MIF to build a hotel on the Par-la-Ville car park. The judgment prompted an appeal by MIF who insisted the Corporation of Hamilton should be responsible for repaying this loan because it “unilaterally signed off on releasing the monies we lent to the hotel project”. The Court of Appeal handed down its judgment dismissing the appeal by MIF on Friday morning. Its ruling stated: “In the circumstances I would dismiss the appeal and uphold the learned judge’s conclusion that, firstly, in providing the guarantee acted ultra vires and the Corporation’s application to set aside the Consent Order was not an abuse of process. Accordingly, I would agree with the judge’s order than the consent order should be set aside.” Mayor of Hamilton Charles Gosling, commenting after the ruling, said: “In early May 2015, the morning following my election as Mayor, along with newly elected and returning council members, we were summoned to a meeting with those familiar with the MIF guarantee case before the courts. We were unequivocally told that there was no defence and that the new Corporation of Hamilton team had no recourse but to accept the fact that ‘we’ were liable for an $18 million guarantee given to MIF plus any arising interest. A couple of years later I am happy that two courts have decided otherwise. Without having a consistent revenue stream, stronger than what we had in 2015, any other ultimate ruling would have devastated the Corporation of Hamilton. The $18 million, once paid back in full, would have been a sum closer to $30 million. That is the number I consider we have saved the rate payers (as the Corporation is simply the institution that acts on their behalf) and those who use our city and its services. In the meantime we are still actively trying to regain lost parking revenue and to be in a position to reinvest in vital city capital projects. We have a commitment from Government to support us in this regard as they are fully aware of the implications of further delay. We are pleased that a Hamilton Parking Ordinance 2017 is to be presented to Parliament in this sitting and the enactment of the Traffic Offences Procedure Amendment and Validation Act 2015 within the next couple of weeks.” It was in July 2014 that the Corporation agreed to guarantee a bridging loan of $18 million made by MIF to Par-la-Ville Hotel and Residences Ltd. On December 31 that year, PLV defaulted on the loan and MIF took the Corporation to court, in its capacity as guarantor, for the outstanding balance of $18 million plus interest. The Corporation initially concluded it did not have a defence to the claim and a Consent Ruling was made by the court in May 2015 against the Corporation for the full amount. However, the City launched a fresh legal challenge in June to set aside the Consent Order on the basis it had no power to make the original guarantee and therefore it should be null and void. In his ruling, Mr Justice Hellman agreed that the Corporation had acted “ultra vires” in providing the guarantee and set aside the Consent Order. “I have every sympathy with MIF given the position in which it now finds itself,” Mr Justice Hellman said. “Nonetheless, I would not go so far as to say that the Corporation’s behaviour was so unreasonable as to render the application to set aside the Consent Order abusive. When considering the matter in the round, in my judgment the most important contextual feature is that it is in principle undesirable for the court to enforce a guarantee which is in law a nullity. This outweighs the various contextual features pointing in the other direction, including the serious prejudice to MIF which may be caused by not enforcing the guarantee.” Mr Justice Hellman noted in his ruling that there might be other ways for MIF to pursue the $18 million. “This judgment does not determine that MIF cannot recover the amount of the loan monies from the Corporation: merely that it cannot do so by enforcing an ultra vires guarantee,” he said. Mr Gosling said the retrieved revenue would “enable us to work on such projects as taking further significant steps in improving the treatment of our sewerage output from the city and surrounding areas.  There are a number of other capital projects necessitating corrective maintenance or further development. This could be the first time in a number of years where we get to stand up on two feet and get things done, rather than being hobbled and looking at what has to be put off for another year. We did not enter into this action gladly. The guarantee was the wrong commitment made at the wrong time supporting the wrong developer. All parties involved in seeking the guarantee were aware of the ultra vires concern, everyone believed the issue had been corrected through legislation. No one took the effort to see if it had indeed been ‘fixed’. It had not. If we had not fought this issue, it would have cost every Bermudian in one way or the other. We did not think it fair to accept what was, because of the ultra vires, an agreement voided from the start. It was not through the fault of anyone besides that of the mayor and certain members of the council, an elected group who took it upon themselves to ignore their fiduciary duty and play outside their legislated remit with somebody else’s money. Taking this legal action was the best means to protect the Hamilton community from what was a horrible, ill-considered undertaking. Court actions in the UK continue the effort to recover the monies inexplicably released to a Gibraltar-based company. While this action is less our battle now, we invested in the outcome when no one else was interested in seeking recovery. When a group of us sought election, John Harvey, Dennis Tucker, Nicholas Swan, Larry Scott, Henry Ming, Carleton Johnson and myself, we made the commitment to restore good governance and bring the ‘best’ back to the city. With the able representation of Michael Beloff QC, Ronnie Myers, and Mark Diel, we are living up to our commitment.”

2016. January 13. This firm has threatened to start selling off Corporation of Hamilton land if it does not receive the $18 million it is owed over the failed Par-la-Ville hotel project by the end of Friday. Mexico Infrastructure Finance’s legal team has told the corporation and the Bermuda Government it has no choice but to sell Hamilton Fire Station, the Chamber of Commerce building and the Custom House if the debt is not settled. In a letter seen by The Royal Gazette, the firm’s legal team expresses extreme disappointment at the conduct of the city’s administration for “failing to engage in any constructive dialogue”. MIF also accuses the corporation of going against the Supreme Court judgment that entitles it to an extra $800,000, on top of the $18 million, in receivership revenue and expenses over the failed hotel deal. Last night, Hamilton mayor Charles Gosling confirmed discussions between the two sides were continuing and the corporation had offered “every reassurance” that it was making “every effort” to settle the $18 million judgment. Mr Gosling pointed to recent legislation increasing the amount the corporation could borrow from $20 million to $30 million. He told this newspaper: “The corporation has also kept MIF abreast as best as possible in relation to its discussions with the lending institution for the securing of the funds as well as the ministry in relation to amending various legislation that would permit the corporation to borrow the necessary funds — while permitting them to continue with the day-to-day operations. “The corporation is confident that they will be in a position very shortly to pay all funds owed to MIF as they are fully aware of their commitment under the court judgment.” Mr Gosling’s pledge was endorsed by Michael Fahy, the Minister of Home Affairs, who said he remained confident in the mayor’s ability to see the matter resolved. Last week, senator Fahy told this newspaper the corporation could reach an agreement within days to satisfy its debt over the matter. Yesterday, he stated: “The ministry has separately kept MIF’s lawyers advised of efforts being made by the corporation to satisfy its obligations and more recently I commented publicly as to those efforts.” However, in its letter to the corporation and Government at the end of last week, MIF maintained it would take steps to execute the judgment “without further notice” if it did not receive the money owed on or before the close of business on Friday. “In light of these developments you have left our client with no other option but to proceed to execution which will include the sale of your client’s properties including Hamilton Fire Station, the Chamber of Commerce building, and the Custom House, as well as the garnishment of its income,” the letter states. “In an effort to provide your client with one last opportunity to meet its obligation, our client will hold off taking such action until close of business on January 15. Payment of the judgment of $18 million together with accrued judgment interest and net of receivership revenues and expenses of $817,935, as of January 15, must be received by our client, otherwise steps to execute against the judgment will commence without further notice.” On July 9, 2014, developer Par-la-Ville Hotel & Residences Ltd entered into a credit agreement with MIF to borrow $18 million for a proposed hotel development in Hamilton. On the same date, the Corporation entered into a guarantee of the loan and, as security for that guarantee, it provided MIF with a first mortgage over the Par-la-Ville parking lot. That loan was later recalled, leaving the corporation liable for the $18 million owed to MIF with interest of about $3,450 a day. The letter from MIF’s legal team further states: “Our client is extremely disappointed that your client has declined to engage in any constructive dialogue in connection with the repayment of our client’s $18 million judgment, together with accrued judgment interest net of receivership revenues and expenses, which stands at $769,606 for a total obligation of $18,769,606 as of January 1, 2016. No sensible timeframe has been provided, this despite the fact that your client promised to repay our client either at the end of 2015 or during the first week of January. Further, our client is deeply disappointed to now learn that your client is not intending repaying the judgment interest to which our client is legally entitled. It has been clearly agreed that if our client would refrain from commencing execution proceedings on its judgment, that the entirety of our client’s judgment would be repaid including the 7 per cent judgment interest according to law.”

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MJ Student-Run Insurance Company  2017. July 28. What does a university mascot bulldog called Trip, shelves of rare books, and a $2 million 100-year-old telescope have to do with Bermuda? The answer is they are all listed to be covered by a new captive insurance company based on the island. And that is only part of the story. Of greater significance is that the captive insurance company is thought to be the first in the world set up and run by students. It is a feather in the cap for Bermuda that the ground-breaking endeavour has landed on the island’s shores. And it was no accident. Bermuda’s responsiveness to an initial approach by the pioneering university students went a long way to securing the captive business. When the group at Butler University’s Lacy School of Business, in Indianapolis, got serious about forming a captive, they researched a number of possible markets where it could be based. Out of the ten investigated, only Bermuda and Vermont responded to the students’ enquiries, and both did so within a speedy four hours. Bermuda was ultimately chosen after other factors were weighed, such as the size and maturity of its insurance market, sophisticated infrastructure and the helpful nature of organisations including the Bermuda Monetary Authority and the Bermuda Business Development Agency. The BMA granted approval for the MJ Student-Run Insurance Company Ltd in April. This week, some of the students, along with facility members, visited the island to build relationships with service companies and organisations. There are also potential benefits for Bermuda and Bermudians, as Butler University would welcome students from the island who are pursuing studies in risk management, insurance and other business disciplines. “We want to get Bermudians to attend Butler University. We want to be a good partner,” said Zach Finn, clinical professor and director of the Davy Risk Management and Insurance Programme at the university. It is a sentiment shared by Stephen Standifird, dean of the university’s school of business. The university group was in Bermuda to bring together the captive’s directors, review the code of conduct and meet with partners, including Aon and auditors KPMG. They also met industry leaders and organisations, including Association of Bermuda International Companies, the Bermuda Foundation for Insurance Studies, and Bermuda College. Having an operating captive insurance company as part of the university’s curriculum is expected to better equip students with an understanding of different facets of the industry and give them a practical, hands-on experience beyond classroom theory. Being able to show they have played a role in running a captive insurance company is also expected to boost the students’ job prospects after graduation. A further beneficial spin-off for the students has been learning more about what is actually being insured through the captive. That has meant learning about, among other things, the rare books the university owns, its fine art collection, and the telescopes housed in the university’s Holcomb Observatory. The university’s bulldog mascot Butler Blue III, nicknamed Trip, is included in the insurance coverage of the captive. Trip is a real dog with an impressive 20,000 followers on Twitter. And if you’re going to insure one dog through your captive, why not make it two? The students have done that by also insuring Marcus, the university’s bomb-sniffing dog. For Butler University, having its own captive insurance company will provide greater loss controls. Since news of the pioneering student-run captive was announced earlier this year, it has featured in more than 330 media reports, according to Mr Standifird. “That’s without any media campaign. It’s been a significant experience,” he said. However, a bigger story in his eyes is the shortage of qualified professionals preparing for the anticipated 400,000 new employees the insurance industry will need by 2020. “The headlines in the Wall Street Journal should be about the crisis in the industry. People should be paying attention to this. It’s the opportunities in this industry that are immense.” And according to Mr Finn there are about 1,000 US universities with accounting programmes, 900 with finance programmes, but only 82 offering insurance and risk programmes. Butler University is underscoring its leading role in the field by giving students real-life experience operating a captive insurance company, together with opportunities to intern at partner companies. Anna Geist and Josh Toly, two of the students closely involved with the captive and among those visiting Bermuda this week, are currently interning with Aon. Mr Finn said companies know they can come to Butler and recruit people with hands-on knowledge. When asked if other universities are likely to follow Butler’s lead and create their own captives, Mr Standifird said: “There are going to be a lot who will try, but universities are risk adverse. You have to have the right people in place.” He added that it had worked at Butler because the university had the right people in place, and the right partnerships. Mr Finn believes others may follow. He added: “There are some universities looking at what Butler is doing — running an insurance captive as part of the curriculum. We are looking for partners in industry, and we would like to see others [form captives]. I’m happy that we are here and we are ahead of the game.” Regarding the future of the captive, Mr Finn outlined three phases. The first was setting up the captive and getting it running, while the second is to transition the captive from being “professor-run” to “more like a risk manager would run it”. As for the third stage, he said: “If we do it right, we will look at attracting third-party investors.”
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Ming Pao Enterprise Corporation C/o Butterfield Fund Services (Bermuda)
Mitsubishi UFJ Fund Services Since 9/30/2013. The Belvedere Building, Pitts Bay Road, Pembroke. A leading alternative fund administration company providing full-service fund administration, middle office and reporting services to hedge funds, fund of funds, managed accounts, family offices, private equity and real estate funds. Senior Japanese bankers were in Bermuda in October 2014 as Butterfield Fulcrum Group (BFG) was officially rebranded by this new name. It is the first time the Mitsubishi financial group has made a wholly owned acquisitions of a non-Japanese business. "Our acquisition of BFG is a strategic move into the alternative fund administration business," said Tasuo Wakabayashi, president of Mitsubishi UFJ Trust & Banking Corporation (MUTB). "We will be expanding our reach and breadth of services rapidly. Clients can look forward to the addition of numerous new services including banking, custody, trust, foreign exchange and securities lending. The acquisition of BFG was completed on September 20. Established in 1927, MUTB is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), the second largest global bank holding company ranked by assets. Butterfield Fulcrum will become the global alternative asset administration platform of MUTB. And the senior management team, as well as all management and staff in all Butterfield Fulcrum offices will remain with the company. Butterfield Fulcrum employs around 40 staff in Bermuda and has offices on Burnaby Street. It has been rebranded as Mitsubishi UFJ Fund Services to reflect its new position in Japan's MUFG. The acquisition included FORS Ltd. Butterfield Fulcrum was part owned by Butterfield Bank and private equity firm 3i Group. The company services more than $100 billion of client assets across 850 funds and has seven offices in six countries.
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MM&I Holdings 2017. October 19. The firm bidding to provide a cashless gaming network for casinos in Bermuda claims it would retain only a “very small profit margin” from the tens of millions of dollars it stands to make. Responding to a special report by The Royal Gazette yesterday, MM&I Holdings said it would give the vast majority of profits to “churches, community clubs, vulnerable citizens’ programmes, etc”. In MM&I’s signed agreement with the Government — disclosed under public access to information and published by this newspaper yesterday — no reference was made to profits being given to churches, charities or programmes helping vulnerable people. Yesterday, MM&I said the agreement was deemed null and void once the referendum on gaming was withdrawn by the One Bermuda Alliance government. The Royal Gazette reported how gaming regulators fear a multimillion-dollar casinos deal involving the Government and MM&I remains on the table despite concerns it could damage the island’s financial reputation. Our report revealed individuals associated with the company’s partner firm, Florida-based Banyan Gaming, previously surrendered their gaming licences in two gaming jurisdictions in the United States, which the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission believes could create problems if they were licensed on the island. Mark Pettingill, the former Attorney-General, whose law firm represents MM&I, and who was in Cabinet along with his business partner, Shawn Crockwell, when the deal was agreed with the Government, released a statement on behalf of MM&I Holdings Limited and its partners yesterday. “It is true that MM&I would seek to earn a profit as a service provider to the gaming market in Bermuda. That is the nature of any good business,” the statement said. “But it is also true that once MM&I reached the profit stage of its investment plan, 95 per cent of all profits would be donated to a government appointed Gaming Proceeds for Charity Committee to distribute the profits to churches, community clubs, vulnerable citizens’ programmes, etc. MM&I would have no say in who the money would go to. We would only serve to perform our services and collect the funds to make them available to the committee for disbursement. In fact, MM&I would retain a very small profit margin in reflection of our multimillion-dollar, upfront investment and necessary operating expenses for jobs, etc. Without hesitation, MM&I remains 100 per cent committed to ensuring that no overseas operator can enter the local gaming market and siphon off tens of millions of dollars out of our local economy and systemically erode our currency. We are also 100 per cent committed to establishing a legacy for Bermuda in that we implement a safe, responsible and controlled environment for gaming, including stringent anti-money laundering and vulnerable player controls.” On the fact that MM&I provided a $30,000 donation towards a pro-gaming marketing campaign, at the request of Mr Crockwell, Mr Pettingill’s statement said: “It is true that MM&I donated $30,000 towards the ‘Yes’ for gaming and ‘Jobs Bermuda’ campaigns. We fully believe that the Bermuda public should be educated on gaming prior to the referendum and that there should have been a referendum on gaming.” He said that MM&I and its partners were now seeking legal advice to claim significant damages because “the disclosure of confidential information” and comments made by the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission “in a public forum” had severely impacted their ability to enter the gaming market in Bermuda. This newspaper reported how Mr Crockwell had told his Cabinet colleagues it was imperative to proceed with MM&I because “no other local entity” could provide the same networking system. Responding, Mr Pettingill said: “It was always the understanding that any decision to have a central/cashless system in place would result in a proper public tendering process. This was made clear by the former entire Cabinet. MM&I followed the RFQ [request for qualifications] process and we are positioned to bid based on a tender request. To date it has not gotten to the stage of being tendered, as no decision has been reached by the new administration.” The statement noted that MM&I is a “100 per cent owned and staffed Bermudian company” and said its MM&I references were never contacted by the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission. Our report revealed that the gaming commission was unimpressed after speaking to referees included in a joint RFQ submission by MM&I and Banyan. Mr Pettingill’s statement continued: “So please ask yourself, is this a good deal for Bermuda? And why would anyone try and impact such a philanthropic and sensible approach to ensuring Bermuda’s future economic stability? We are asking for nothing up front and we are giving the vast majority of profits back to Bermuda and Bermudians.” He said the group had tried to “educate the OBA government” by hosting them overseas for an in-depth system and casino operation information session, and the public at large via the Progressive Labour Party’s forum on responsible gaming on May 3 this year. It said: “We have also strived to do the right thing for Bermuda, as this is our home. We are not an overseas entity trying to enter the market and extract tens of millions of dollars from Bermuda to fund offshore interests. We are here to stay and make sure that Bermuda is not adversely impacted by the gaming industry. Our philanthropic vision is that the disposable income that players spend on gaming is used to fund charities and community programmes in Bermuda for those who are struggling and/or in need of support. And we challenge the hotels who stand to make hundreds of millions of dollars from gaming to either match our vision or to make a significant contribution to Bermuda’s charities and community programmes from the proceeds of gaming. MM&I will be holding a public forum on its philanthropic-based gaming solution for Bermuda. This is an opportunity for Bermudians to help to form their own opinion on the best plan for Bermuda.” Dates for the open forums are to be announced shortly. The gaming commission disclosed records about the MM&I deal, including the agreement itself and e-mail correspondence, in response to a Pati request.

2017. October 18. THE ROYAL GAZETTE investigates how a potential multimillion-dollar deal for a cashless gaming system could prove “problematic” for the Bermuda Government Gaming regulators fear that a multimillion-dollar casinos deal involving the Government is still on the table, despite concerns that it could damage the island’s financial reputation. Local company MM&I Holdings stands to potentially net tens of millions of dollars a year if it is given the contract to provide a cashless gaming network management system for any casinos that open on the island. But the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission has warned that individuals associated with the company’s partner firm, Florida-based Banyan Gaming, have previously surrendered their gaming licences in two major gambling jurisdictions in the United States and this could be “problematic” in relation to them being licensed in the Bermuda market. In addition, after checking references provided by the two companies, the commission questioned why those referees seemed “unwilling to endorse” them. Disclosures made under the Public Access to Information Act reveal that Deborah Blakeney, the commission’s lawyer, raised the issues in an e-mail to MM&I earlier this year. She wrote: “It is the commission’s goal to ensure that the highest standards of suitability will be employed in allowing operators to enter the Bermuda integrated resort market. To do anything less not only jeopardizes the ability of the industry to secure a correspondent banking relationship, but can also damage the reputational brand of the island.” MM&I is owned by Bermudians John Tartaglia and Michael Moniz. As of July 2016, MM&I was represented by Mark Pettingill’s law firm and the company reached its agreement with the Government when Mr Pettingill and his business partner, the late Shawn Crockwell, were in Cabinet. Mr Crockwell, in a Cabinet memorandum seen by The Royal Gazette, told his colleagues it was “imperative” to proceed with the agreement with MM&I since “no other local entity” could provide the same networking system. The agreement itself, obtained through public access to information, was non-binding, conditional upon the legalisation of casino-style gaming and was signed by Mr Crockwell as tourism minister and witnessed by Mr Pettingill, then the Attorney-General, on December 3, 2013, a year before casino gaming was given the green light by Parliament. It proposed a ten-year contract for MM&I, with the option to renew for another ten years, giving the company 40 per cent of Bermuda’s gross gaming revenue from electronic gaming devices — slot machines and electronic table games — and an 8 per cent transaction fee on the purchase of chips for use at dealer-operated tables. With Bermuda’s annual revenue from casinos projected to be between $84 million and $146 million, according a 2010 government-commissioned report, and electronic gaming probably accounting for about three quarters of that, the rewards for MM&I and Banyan were likely to be substantial. At about the time the agreement was signed, at the request of Mr Crockwell, MM&I gave a $30,000 donation towards a marketing campaign aimed at persuading Bermudians to vote in favour of casino gaming in a planned referendum on the issue. The One Bermuda Alliance government decided to break its promise to hold that referendum just ten days after the MM&I agreement was signed. Mr Crockwell later tabled the Casino Gaming Act, which passed in Parliament in December 2014, paving the way for a casino industry in Bermuda. Mr Crockwell said the introduction of casinos would significantly enhance Bermuda’s tourism product and the referendum was ditched “for the better good”. Although MM&I’s agreement with the OBA government was terminated by Michael Fahy, who replaced Mr Crockwell as tourism minister after the latter quit Cabinet, gaming commission executives are querying whether it is still under consideration by the new Progressive Labour Party administration. The PLP, when in Opposition, invited two representatives of Banyan to sit as panellists at a forum it held on “safe and responsible” gambling on May 3 this year. At that meeting at Elbow Beach Bermuda Resort & Spa, Banyan president Jason Seelig outlined the benefits of a cashless gaming system and suggested that it be mandated by law. He was backed by Australian attorney Tibor Vertes, another panelist and client of Mr Crockwell and Mr Pettingill’s law firm. Just the day before, according to the records disclosed under Pati, the gaming commission’s lawyer had written to MM&I with questions about a firm that Mr Seelig previously ran with his father, Mac Seelig, and its “history of regulatory difficulties in markets” in which it was licensed. That history was a concern, according to the commission’s lawyer, Deborah Blakeney, because any sound anti-money laundering regime requires thorough background checks on operators, and banks could be deterred from dealing with the proceeds of the island’s casinos. Ms Blakeney wrote on May 2: “I raise these two issues because in the commission’s dealing with the correspondent banks for the island, and in dealing with the mandates of the Financial Action Task Force, a keystone condition concerns the suitability of the operator and all associates thereof. “The fact that it appears that this operator is considered unsuitable for licensing in at least two major US jurisdictions appears problematic. If I am missing something here, I would appreciate your guidance.” Public records show that the predecessor company, AC Coin & Slot, voluntarily surrendered its licence in New Jersey after the company was wound down in July 2013. In doing so, it became ineligible to apply again for a licence for five years. In the same month in Pennsylvania, AC Coin & Slot withdrew “with prejudice” its application for a licence. Such withdrawals can result in a five-year period of ineligibility to apply for a licence, in certain circumstances. Ms Blakeney referred to a list of references provided to the Government by MM&I and Banyan. “You are obviously not aware that my executive director, Richard Schuetz, knows many of these individuals and he was able to make inquiries,” she wrote. “The written and verbal responses from these individuals was generally less than glowing and the commission is puzzled as to why such individuals would be included as references for your company.” Ms Blakeney added: “We would ... appreciate your explanations as to why your listed references seem unwilling to endorse you.” Commission executive director Mr Schuetz reiterated the commission’s concerns in an e-mail to Ms Blakeney on August 2, pointing out that MM&I had not responded to her questions. He said since her letter was sent, Banyan had removed the names of Jason Seelig and Mac Seelig from its website. “This may all result from the fact that Jason and Mac are no longer associated with Banyan,” he wrote. “That would be a most interesting coincidence.” Mr Schuetz also considered the possibility that Banyan was distancing itself from those two individuals in order to pursue a licence in Bermuda without any legacy licensing issues or to position itself to argue that past concerns were no longer relevant. “This is particularly disconcerting if their plan of entry is by way of legislative mandate,” wrote Mr Schuetz. “I believe that certain people on this island believe that legislative mandate is worth $40 million per year for ten years. If, in fact, Mac and Jason are no longer listed on the Banyan website to create the impression that our past licensing concerns are no longer relevant, then I believe it is safe to conclude that the legislative mandate option is still being considered...” Mr Schuetz, who resigned from the commission on the day of the General Election and is serving out his notice period, has been criticized by Mr Crockwell and Mr Pettingill, as well as by Mr Vertes and social development and sports minister Zane DeSilva, a friend and sometime legal client of Mr Pettingill. Mr Vertes is being sued by Mr Schuetz for defamation. The Royal Gazette asked new tourism minister Jamahl Simmons if he was aware of the December 3, 2013 agreement with MM&I and whether the Government was still in talks with MM&I/Banyan or any other company about a casino gaming system for Bermuda. Mr Simmons replied: “As the ministry responsible for gaming, the main priority is ensuring that our gaming regulations are in place to assist with passing the current global review process, protecting our reputation as a jurisdiction and ensuring a clean gaming industry that benefits Bermudians first. Matters related to gaming systems should be addressed by the gaming commission.” There was no response by press time to a request for the minister to clarify what he meant by the “current global review process”. Digital Gaming Corporation USA acquired Jason Seelig’s 50 per cent share in Banyan in July. Jason Seelig now lists himself on LinkedIn as an executive vice-president at DGC. Mac Seelig’s profile on LinkedIn refers to him as a senior business analyst at Banyan. Keith Furlong, from DGC, told this newspaper: “Banyan Gaming LLC was established in January 2015 with Jason Seelig as a 50 per cent owner of the entity. “On or around July 2017, Seelig’s interest in Banyan Gaming was acquired by Digital Gaming Corporation USA. Seelig is no longer a shareholder of Banyan Gaming or Digital Gaming Corporation USA. The company does not wish to comment further.” Company filings in Florida from August show that Mr Furlong replaced Mr Seelig as Banyan’s manager. Mr Pettingill, the lone respondent to The Royal Gazette’s request for comment yesterday, has promised to speak today after consulting his clients.

Monsanto Finance Holdings

A tax resident in Bermuda, an Irish-incorporated company with an address on Lower Hatch Street, Dublin, made a profit of €2.5 million in 2012 but paid no tax.  The Irish Times said : "The firm made a profit of €3.69 million in 2011, when it again paid no tax. It is exempt from all forms of taxation including income, capital gains and withholding taxes as it is tax resident in Bermuda. The firm has no employees and its three directors have addresses in Bermuda.” The report added the firm’s balance sheet shows that at the end of August 2012 it had financial assets of €50.8 million. Accumulated profits at that stage were €53.3 million and shareholders’ funds were €103 million. The firm is owned by a Monsanto company based in Switzerland, and is ultimately owned by Monsanto of St Louis, Missouri, US. The agricultural product company Monsanto produces genetically engineered seeds used by farmers for their pest resistance and ability to produce bigger crops. The crops have drawn criticism from organic food advocates who say they are harmful to people and the environment. But Monsanto has maintained that its seeds improve agriculture by helping farmers produce more from their land while conserving resources such as water and energy.

Morgan Creek International changed its name, see under Inverness Distribution.
Morgan Stanley Known to have two Bermuda subsidiaries
MPRI International Services

American corporation, Virginia-based, with a Bermuda shell company since April 2005. Won a multi-million-dollar US government contract to train police officers in Iraq. Was accused in April 2008 of using its Bermuda shell company to shield itself from US taxes. The Boston Globe reported that the Bermuda office appeared to have no staff, telephone number, or website. Said by it to be one of the offshore entities to avoid US taxes, even as they profit from lucrative federal contracts.

MTS Bermuda Wholly owned subsidiary of Mobile TeleSystems.
Montpelier Associates 11/3/1972
Montpelier International 6/8/2005
Montpelier Investment Holdings 9/21/2007
Montpelier Ltd 2/16/1993
Montpelier Re Holdings 2015. August 2. Endurance Specialty Holdings has completed its acquisition of fellow Bermuda-based reinsurer Montpelier Re Holdings. The $1.83 billion cash-and-shares deal was announced in March when the boards of directors of both companies unanimously approved the merger. With the granting of all necessary regulatory approvals, the acquisition was completed at the end of last week. Shares of Montpelier Re ceased to trade when markets closed on Friday. Three directors of Montpelier have been appointed as non-executive directors on the board of Endurance. The new combined company will be run by Endurance’s senior management team from its headquarters in Waterloo House on Pitts Bay Road. Endurance CEO and chairman John Charman said in a statement: “Endurance’s strategic acquisition of Montpelier combines two strong underwriting businesses resulting in an organization with increased scale, scope and more relevant market presence. “The acquisition materially expands our breadth of distribution with the addition of a good-sized and scalable Lloyd’s platform and a third-party capital insurance and reinsurance investment product business. We expect the transaction to enhance the long-term value of our business for shareholders with accretion to earnings per share and return on equity.” When first announced the cash-and-shares deal was worth $40.24 per Montpelier Re share, with Montpelier shareholders to own just under one third of the combined company. Montpelier shares closed up 14 cents at $42.65 on Friday, their last trading day. Montpelier directors Morgan Davis, Nicholas Marsh and Ian Michael Winchester have been appointed non-executive directors of Endurance. Mr Charman said: “I am delighted to welcome our new directors. Their knowledge of Montpelier’s business and their broad experience across the insurance and reinsurance industry will be great assets to our board, as we continue to transform Endurance into a larger and more globally relevant industry leader.” Mr Davies is a director of White Mountains Insurance Group and OneBeacon Insurance Group. He was formerly managing director of OneBeacon. Mr Marsh worked for Atrium Underwriting Group for 40 years. Before he retired in 2013 he was director of corporate underwriting and director of underwriting review. He is on the board of HCC International Insurance Company, holding the position of non-executive chairman of HCC International and HCC Underwriting Agency. While Mr Winchester also has an extensive background in the industry and is a managing partner and chairman of the investment committee of BHC Winton Funds, an investment fund which focuses on providing capital to syndicates operating in the Lloyd’s market.
Montpellier International 6/8/2005
Montpellier Redemption Holdings Company 12/23/2008
Montpellier Resources LDC 9/21/2000
Montpellier Resources  Ltd (Sec 61 M/C) 8/4/1994
Montpellier USA Holdings  6/17/2005
Monument Re 2019. March 26. Bermuda-based reinsurer Monument Re has announced the completion of its acquisition of Dutch insurer Robein Leven NV from Amerborgh Financial Services BV. The deal, which was first announced in July last year, was closed after receipt of regulatory approval by the De Nederlandsche Bank. Monument Re, a Bermuda Class E long-term insurer, previously stated that the acquisition would establish its long-term presence in the Netherlands. The company has a presence in Bermuda, Ireland, Belgium and Luxembourg. “We are pleased to announce the regulatory approval from the De Nederlandsche Bank and the completion of our acquisition of Robein in the Netherlands,” said Manfred Maske, CEO of Monument Re Group. “We look forward to further growth and opportunity with this platform.” Monument Re’s major shareholders include Bermudian-based Enstar Group and German reinsurance giant Hannover Re.
Moongate Insurance Since 2013. 2015. June 8. As the cost of Bermuda health insurance goes up and up, newcomer MoonGate Insurance Group aims to fill the service gaps for locals on the most basic packages. Its latest step, using an affiliate company in the United States, has resulted in MoonGate adding an entirely United States-based package. The link with Welldyne Inc gives residents access to discount pharmaceuticals, dental treatment, glasses and services such as X-rays, MRIs and the mammogram screening that dominated recent headlines. Provides a network of over 410,000 US locations Bermuda-based visitors can go to. On the prescription side, there are 59,000 locations — the likes of CVS, Walmart, Walgreens and Duane Reade — and there are 80,000 dentists. MoonGate specializes in filling coverage gaps. It ties in with the basic packages Health Insurance Plan (HIP) and FutureCare, and also links to the Medical Air Services Association for emergency relocations. It is additionally an agent for the Freisenbruch-Meyer Group. Bermudians travel frequently to the US where the option for purchasing through the company’s WellCardHealth programme includes buying prescription drugs. In addition, the deal with WellCard gives Bermudians access to 80 different hearing aid models and discounted diabetic supplies.
MS Amlin 2018. February 1. MS Amlin was today announced as a title sponsor of the ITU World Triathlon Series in Bermuda. The reinsurance firm said the move was a natural step as its parent company, MS&AD, is based in Tokyo, where the Olympic Games will be held in 2020. During the Bermuda event in April, athletes will win points on their long road to qualification for the Tokyo Olympics. Rob Wyatt, CEO of MS Amlin AG Bermuda Branch, said: “We are honoured to have been chosen as the title sponsor for the first ITU World Triathlon being held here in Bermuda. “As an active office keen on sport, we are delighted to be lending our support to such a fantastic event — particularly one that resonates with Bermudians thanks to the success of triathletes such as Flora Duffy. We hope the event again showcases Bermuda as a wonderful venue for top level sporting activities, inspiring those of all ages to swim, bike and run.” Phil Schmidt, local organising committee chairman of World Triathlon Bermuda, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with MS Amlin. MS Amlin stands for quality and fairness in the reinsurance industry, which are key values for any athlete.” Pat Phillip-Fairn of the Bermuda Tourism Authority said: “We look forward to welcoming the world’s top athletes and triathlon enthusiasts to experience all that Bermuda has to offer. The MS Amlin World Triathlon Bermuda will become a pinnacle event in the triathlon calendar. We are extremely grateful for the generous support of MS Amlin, and we thank them for their partnership, demonstrating their wider, ongoing support for Bermuda.” The event will be hosted in Hamilton on April 28. The day will comprise of the Elite race and the Age Group amateur race, which will attract hundreds of runners, including locals trying their first triathlon. A team of employees from MS Amlin will participate in the amateur Age Group triathlon race, while others in the MS Amlin family will volunteer at the event. Front Street will be the focus of all racing and MS Amlin’s Bermuda offices, which will also house the event office, is well positioned on the course. Sports enthusiasts of other disciplines are encouraged to register and train for the April event, which does not require a qualifying time.

2018. January 8. MS Amlin has set up a new Bermuda-domiciled sidecar with more than $60 million of capital backing. The global re/insurer with offices in Bermuda, the UK and continental Europe, said the new special purpose insurer, Viribus Re Ltd, would provide collateralized capacity support for MS Amlin Syndicate 2001’s global reinsurance portfolio in 2018. Viribus Re Ltd has entered into a quota share agreement with MS Amlin, from the start of this year, under which it will reinsure a share of MS Amlin’s worldwide property catastrophe excess of loss portfolio. MS Amlin said capital had been committed by a number of third-party investors, including MS Amlin, which has committed $5 million. James Few, global managing director of reinsurance at MS Amlin, said: “This is an important long-term strategic initiative for MS Amlin as we continue to seek ways to build capacity and relationships with capital market partners, whilst providing us with greater scope and flexibility to support the evolving needs of our clients. We are delighted to have secured funding for Viribus Re Ltd from a range of new partners whom we look forward to working with closely in the future.”

Mt. Logan Re  2013 sidecar launched by Everest Re Group Ltd
Multi-Manager Investments (Bermuda) c/o Codan Management
Multi Packing Solutions International Moved to Bermuda from New York in 2014
Mundipharma Pharmaceutical Company Par-la-Ville Place, Par-la-Ville Road, Hamilton. Phone 295-6480

2019. October 15. A Bermuda-based group of companies could play a pivotal role in the proposed settlement of opioid legislation in the United States involving OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP and its owners, the Sackler family. The outline of a proposed settlement that Purdue values at between $10 billion and $12 billion was filed in the US Bankruptcy Court in White Plains, NY last Tuesday. On Friday, US Bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain ordered a pause to all litigation involving Purdue until November 6, giving the bankrupt drug maker time to conclude a deal with plaintiffs. The proposed settlement aims to resolve more than 2,600 lawsuits by states, local governments and other plaintiffs against Purdue and its Sackler family owners. Under the agreement, the Sackler family would give up control of Purdue, turning the company over to an entity that would run the company and use its profits for the public good. The money for the proposed settlement is to come jointly from Purdue, and from the Sackler family. In Bermuda, the Mundipharma group of companies, owned by members of the Sackler family, have offices on Par-la-Ville Road in Hamilton. Top US insurance litigators Dick Geddes and Christopher Carroll, of international law firm Kennedys, appeared at the Hot Topics forum organised by the Bermuda office of Kennedys on Thursday. Mr Geddes is a partner in the firm’s Chicago office, while Mr Carroll, also a partner, is based in New York. Together, they gave a presentation entitled “Opioid Crisis: Beginning of the End or End of the Beginning”? Afterwards, the two visiting lawyers agreed that the Mundipharma companies may have a part to play in the proposed settlement. Mr Geddes said: “The proposed settlement involves numbers that Purdue is casting as $10 billion to $12 billion. Ten billion will theoretically come from the continued sale of Purdue’s products under the newly-structured public benefit corporation.” He added: “The other chunk, about $3 billion, theoretically will come from the family that owns 100 per cent of the assets of the Purdue companies, and that is the Sacklers. The question is where that money will come from.” In filings with the US Court, Mr Geddes said, a company is identified as a non-US pharmaceutical company owned by the Sacklers. Mr Geddes said: “That is Mundipharma. It’s very possible that Mundipharma could play a role in the settlement.”

2018. May 15. A drug manufacturer has come under fire in Britain for allegedly diverting $1.35 billion through Bermuda to avoid taxes. A report in London’s Evening Standard said pharmaceutical firm Napp has funneled cash through its Bermuda-based Mundipharma offices for more than 25 years. Napp, which manufactures painkiller OxyContin among other drugs, and Mundipharma are controlled by the billionaire Sackler family. The UK’s NHS Digital, which provides data to the National Health Service, said Sackler drugs make up 68 per cent of the volume of the oxycodone market in England and 29 per cent of the entire $356 million opioid market. The newspaper report, published last week, said the company manufactured drugs in Cambridge, England, and has paid taxes on drugs sold to the NHS. The report added sales to other parts of the world were routed through Mundipharma’s office on Par-la-Ville Road in Hamilton. The story said: “This would have allowed profit to be taken on the island nation, where no tax is payable. According to our sources, Mundipharma bought the drugs from the UK at one price and sold them to Mundipharma entities for a lot more — keeping the profit made in Bermuda. However, the products were shipped directly from the UK to the country where they were sold and did not go anywhere near Bermuda.” Napp’s turnover for international sales totaled $182 million in 2015. The report said: “Over 25 years, our sources said, the amount of profits diverted to Bermuda from Mundipharma Europe and Australasia was well over £1 billion. If the 2015 profit had been taxed in the UK, where the drugs are manufactured, it would have attracted corporation tax of 20 per cent, which equates to £30 million.” Over the 25 years the scheme has operated, this may add up to the avoidance of hundreds of millions of pounds in corporation tax. Bermuda’s role was reduced in 2015 due to changes in UK law, with profits being repatriated through the UK. The report quoted a tax expert who said the process used by Napp was not illegal or considered tax evasion “provided the transfer pricing arrangements with Bermuda could be commercially justified”. The unidentified expert said: “One way to add value is for the offshore company to hold the intellectual property and charge a fee for this, but in this case it appears the IP for OxyContin is held by Napp in the UK, and their larger trademark portfolio is held by Mundipharma AG in Switzerland. So it is hard to see, at least on the facts supplied, what activity in Bermuda added the value to justify the higher pricing.” The expert added that it was possible that the company entered into an advance pricing agreement with HM Revenue and Customs. The expert said: “Before 2015 this was relatively easy, as such arrangements were often difficult for HMRC to challenge successfully. The introduction of diverted profits tax in 2015 made it harder for multinationals and this may be why the arrangements changed so radically in 2016.” In a joint statement, Napp and Mundipharma said they had a long history of paying taxes in the UK, including $90.7 million between 2013 and 2016. The statement said: “Napp and Mundipharma independent associated companies based in the UK are transparent in the disclosure in their public accounts of their dealings with independent associated companies and in their dealings with HMRC. We follow HMRC’s guidance in full. We pay all taxes that we owe.”

Munich Re Bermuda 2018. May 14. Munich Re has ploughed $330 million of capital into a new Bermudian-based vehicle that will reinsure some of its life business. The island-based entity, to be known as Munich Re Bermuda, has been assigned a financial strength rating of A+ by AM Best. Munich Re Bermuda was formerly named Princeton Eagle West Insurance Company Ltd and was authorized to operate property and casualty business, all of which was in run-off. The company was renamed Munich Re of Bermuda in March 2018 and was repurposed as a Class C insurer by the Bermuda Monetary Authority in order to serve as an authorized reinsurer of the Munich Re group. Its main purpose will be as a vehicle to place Munich Re’s related US life reinsurance business. Munich Re will support the newly repurposed entity by providing an excess of retention and excess of loss reinsurance treaty, as well as the initial $330 million capital injection.
Multi-Strat Advisors Since 2014. Owned by Crabel Capital Holding, a Los Angeles-based global alternative investment firm overseeing over $1.7 billion in funds for its clients. Toby Crabel is the founder and CEO of Crabel Capital. It and its Crabel Re will use the Multi-Strat Re platform for its underwriting and reinsurance operations. The move allows Crabel Capital, which manages a total of $1.7 billion for its clients, to enter the reinsurance market more easily and also to focus on the investment management side of the business. The firm aims to use Crabel Re to underwrite reinsurance business and invest the premium float in its short-term systematic trading strategy, Crabel Multi-Product. Mr Crabel, who had three years as a professional tennis player, made his name as a commodities trader. In 2005, the Financial Times described him as the most well-known trader on the counter-trend side. Multi-Strat Re is designed to help asset managers get into reinsurance, with the option to break away and become independent reinsurers in the future. Crabel Capital focuses on futures and foreign currency trading and was a pioneer in short-term trading, The firm offers diversified systematic products with low correlation to traditional asset classes. In May 2015 Multi-Strat took over Annapolis Consulting Group (ACG), a Maryland international consultancy business that provided services to the reinsurance sector. ACG has an office in Bermuda and one in South Carolina, specializes in the resolution of legacy claims and captive run-offs. MultiStrat will also take over ACG Brokerage (Bermuda) as part of the deal, subject to approval by regulators.

2017. June 7.  Island-based investment manager HSCM Bermuda has invested $20.1 million in preferred shares in a reinsurance vehicle that will take over $35.3 million of seasoned workers’ compensation liabilities. The deal, on behalf of an unnamed company, was arranged by specialty reinsurer MultiStrat, also based in Bermuda, along with its affiliate the Annapolis Consulting Group. Rachel Bardon, managing director of HSCM Bermuda, an arm of Hudson Structured Capital Management in the US, said: “We are delighted to complete this transaction in this legacy block of business.” Tim Tetlow, a partner in the firm, added: “This transaction allows the cedant to move forward and focus on its future.” And Michael Millette, managing partner of Hudson Structured, said that he hoped to do more business with MultiStrat in the future. We are pleased to collaborate with MultiStrat in this transaction. We have studied a series of options together and expert that this will be the first of many that we complete.” Bob Forness, CEO of MultiStrat, said: “The combination of the HSCM Bermuda team’s expertise and our efforts over many months produced an attractive transaction and a template for the future. We look forward to working more with HSCM going forward.” The news came as Hudson Structured and HSCM Bermuda announced that it had appointed former KPMG Bermuda managing director Jason Carne as an adviser focusing on valuation and reinsurance. Mr Carne said: “I have been following them with interest for a while now and I’m a firm believer that the next step for ILS is to bring a fuller spectrum of reinsurance risk and opportunities, including property, casualty and long-term business to the third party capital markets.” He joins David Cash, former CEO of Endurance Specialty Holdings and Rich Carbone, ex-chief financial officer of Prudential Financial and current director of two further companies. Mr Millette said: “Our board of advisers provides the firm with breadth and depth of experience and judgment that we rely upon. Jason is an exceptional addition to the team.” Mr Carne worked at Hamilton-based KPMG for almost 20 years and was founder and leader of the firm’s insurance-linked securities practice. He also serves as a non-executive director for several Bermudian reinsurance companies. Hudson Structured and HSCM Bermuda invest across the risk and return spectrum in all instruments and sectors of the insurance and reinsurance markets. The board of advisers works as part of the HSCM Bermuda team to review strategy and investments.

Multi-Strat Re See above
Munich-American Global Services (Bermuda) 45 Reid Street, Hamilton. P. O. Box HM 204, Hamilton HM FX. Phone 292-5794. Fax 292-5592. International management company.
Munich Re World's largest insurer. In December 2014 added another Bermuda sidecar to its roster after $75 million of participating notes from a special purpose insurer called Eden Re I was listed. The move follows a similar $290 million Eden Re II Ltd vehicle listing on the Island just before Christmas. Industry experts said the listings confirmed Munich Re's intention to make more use of alternative capital and maximize relations with capital market investors. Munich Re launched its Eden Re Ltd sidecar, a $63 million collateralised vehicle that provided it with capacity to support its property catastrophe business, a year ago. The latest sidecar was listed on the Bermuda Stock Exchange late last month. Eden Re I is being registered as a segregated accounts company, as well as a special purpose insurer, leading to the issuance of segregated account participating notes. This likely makes it more suitable for deals involving single large investors, where the Eden Re II vehicle looks more like a multi-investor vehicle as the notes it issued were not for a segregated account. According to financial website Artemis, the participating notes issued by Eden Re I are "exposed to a wide range of perils including earthquake, seismic and/or volcanic disturbance or eruption, hurricane, rainstorm, storm, tempest, tornado, tidal waves and tsunamis." Artemis said the type of deals set up by Munich allowed the firm to access third-party capital to support its underwriting and retrocede a share of business to the investors. They are similar to a catastrophe bond or private insurance linked security (ILS) deal, but allow for a full quota share of the reinsurers' portfolio to be offered to ILS insurers if it chooses.

2019. January 9. Climate change is having a growing impact on insurers’ bottom lines. That is the view of Bermuda-registered German reinsurance giant Munich Re, which highlights an increasing incidence of costly forest fires as a symptom of global warming. In its global catastrophe report, published yesterday, Munich Re estimated that insurers and reinsurers paid out $80 billion on worldwide natural disaster claims in 2018. That covered half of the estimated $160 billion in economic losses. The single most costly event was the Camp Fire, which devastated the small town of Paradise in northern California in November and caused 68 fatalities, as well as total losses of $16.5 billion, of which $12.5 billion were insured. Ernst Rauch, Munich Re’s chief climatologist, said global warming was causing forest fires to enter a new dimension, with losses running into the tens of billions of dollars. “Higher and higher temperatures are leading to ever greater droughts, and high humidity in the winter means that shrubbery grows quickly, creating an easily flammable material in dry summers,” Mr Rauch told Reuters. The report highlights three California wildfires, the Carr Fire in July and August and the Camp and Woolsey Fires of November, which between them caused overall losses of $24 billion, of which $18 billion were insured. So almost one quarter of insured natural disaster losses were attributable to wildfires. The year’s total of $80 billion paid out by insurers was less than the $140 billion tab they picked up in 2017, but still nearly double the inflation-adjusted $41 billion average over the past 30 years, Munich Re said. Last year ranks among the ten costliest disaster years in terms of overall losses, and was the fourth-costliest year since 1980 for the insurance industry. Hurricanes Michael and Florence generated total losses of $31 billion, of which $15 billion were insured. North America accounted for 68 per cent of insured losses, while Typhoon Jebi, which cost insurers $9 billion and caused damages in Japan and Taiwan, was the costliest event outside the US. Petra Löw, the report’s author, touched on the protection gap in developing economies. “Payouts by the insurance industry helped to boost catastrophe resilience, in other words the ability after a disaster to return to normality as quickly as possible,” Ms Löw said. “However, industrialized countries still account for the vast majority of insurance payouts following natural catastrophes.” She added: “The situation with insurance protection in emerging and developing countries is quite different, despite the fact that, for financially weak and low-income countries, improving risk management and resilience-building systems is an important way of mitigating the impact of humanitarian disasters and promoting sustainable economic growth.” However, Munich Re also noted that 50 per cent of global macroeconomic losses from natural catastrophes in 2018 were insured, a significantly higher percentage than the long-term average of 28 per cent. Munich Re NatCatService tallied 850 events, including storms, floods, fires, earthquakes, tsunamis and landslides. Asia was worst affected with 43 per cent of all events and 74 per cent of the total 10,400 fatalities. The protection gap was very apparent there, with only $18 billion of losses insured out of total losses of $59 billion.

Mutual Insurance Company Mutual provides media liability insurance to clients in the United States and some Caribbean countries.

2018. September 19. Joanne Richardson has taken over the helm at media insurer Mutual Insurance Company Ltd. The Bermudian company announced that Ms Richardson became its chief executive officer at the start of this month. “Joanne, given her extensive experience with media liability risks, is a perfect fit for Mutual,” said Rick Spurling, president and chairman of Mutual. “She has both the qualifications and the leadership skills to take Mutual to the next level of insurance products and service.” Ms Richardson said that the chance to take the helm of a leading media insurer in the insurance and reinsurance environment of Bermuda is the opportunity of a lifetime. “Mutual has over a half-century of experience underwriting media and enjoys an unsurpassed reputation,” Ms Richardson said. “With unprecedented changes in the industry come unprecedented opportunities. The time is perfect to set our next course.” Ms Richardson was most recently partner at Hiscox Insurance Company in New York, and managing director of its Media and Entertainment practice. She previously worked at Chubb as the national accounts underwriter for media liability, and at GE Capital, where she was an underwriting officer for media liability. She is a graduate of Rutgers College, Rutgers University, and is a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter. 

Mutual Risk Management Church Street, Hamilton. Now owned by IAS Park.


Note: A Work in Progress, much more to be added. Showing when incorporated in Bermuda. With incorporation dates shown the American way.

N-Compass Financial Services 11/4/1994
N-Gas 11/17/2004
N-Holdings 3/21/1989
N-M-IP 220 7/20/2004
N-M-IP 220 Trading 7/20/2004
N-M Multi-Strategy 1/8/2004
N-M Multi-Strategy Series 2 3/31/2004
N-M Multi-Strategy Series 2 Trading 3/31/2004
N-M Multi-Strategy Trading 1/8/2004
N-Ren International 4/23/1974
N C R A International 4/9/1979
N C (Bermuda) 3/22/1974
N D Holding 7/8/1997
N L Insurance 5/2/1975
N M. Rothschild Services (Bermuda) 3/30/1970
N W 1  12/16/1987
N & N Investments 8/2/1989
N & S Services 1/2/1980
NAAP 9/20/1995
Nabors Blue Shield 12/9/2008.  See below.
Nabors Drilling International 6/29/1992. See below.
Nabors Drilling International II 3/11/2003.  See below.
Nabors Global Holdings 2/15/2005.  See below.
Nabors Global Holdings II 6/24/2009.  See below.
Nabors Holdings 12/11/2001. See below.
Nabors Industries (NBR) 12/11/2001. Relocated its corporate HQ from Delaware to Bermuda at that time to save on US taxes. USA's and world's biggest land-based drilling contractor. The Houston, Texas-based Nabors Group owns, operates and manufactures drilling equipment and provides oilfield support in most of the significant oil, gas and geothermal markets in the world.

2016. April 27. HOUSTON (Bloomberg) — Nabors Industries fell the most in more than two months after the world’s largest land-rig owner missed analyst estimates partly due to pricing discounts handed out to several customers during the oil industry’s worst financial crisis in a generation. The Bermuda-based company fell almost 10 per cent in New York to $9.34, after earlier sliding as much as 12.3 per cent, the biggest intraday drop since February 9. Earnings before interest taxes, depreciation and amortization in the first three months of the year fell by 57 per cent from a year ago to $162 million, the company said late on Monday in a statement. Analysts had expected Ebitda of $195 million, according to the average of 20 estimates compiled by Bloomberg. “Nabors reported a weaker than expected quarter as activity declines, pricing concessions, and unfavorable international costs weighed on results,” Marshall Adkins, an analyst at Raymond James, wrote on Monday in a note to investors. The company was forced to give pricing concessions in the first quarter to three key international customers, chief executive officer Tony Petrello told analysts and investors yesterday on a conference call. Ebitda in its international segment is now expected to drop another 6 to 8 per cent in the second quarter, he said

2015. October 28. Bermuda-based American oil drilling rig operators Nabors yesterday posted a loss of $250.9 million for the third quarter of the year. The firm said the net income figure included the impairment of Nabors’ holdings in C&J Energy Services, which totaled $180.6 million. Third quarter operating revenues were $848 million, compared to $1.81 billion in the same quarter of 2014. Anthony Petrello, Nabors’ chairman and CEO, said: “Our third quarter results were essentially in line as increased revenue and cash flow internationally were offset by lower results in North America due to lower activity and increased exposure to spot marketing pricing. We expect more moderate sequential decreases throughout the seasonally weak second quarter of next year with gradual declines in rig activity and more rigs converting to spot pricing both in North America and internationally. Our view of the timing and shape of the recovery remains unchanged, with an expectation of a protracted trough followed by a more gradual recovery than recent cycles. Accordingly, we continue to exercise stringent control over our operating, support and capital spending in order to meet our minimum goal of break-even free cash flow. Our solid financial position and sizeable liquidity allow us to remain opportunistic should attractive long term strategic opportunities arise.”

Nabors International Finance 2/26/2002
Nabors International Holdings 2/26/2002
Nabors International Management 12/23/2004
Nabors Management 9/6/2000
Nabors Purchasing 12/8/2005
Nabors Red Lion 8/6/2008
Nakamoto 2020. January 17. The  world’s first captive insurer to provide custody insurance for cryptocurrency assets has been set up in Bermuda. US cryptocurrency exchange Gemini has established the captive, named Nakamoto, to provide itself with insurance that has proved difficult to find in the commercial market. Captive insurers provide insurance to their corporate owners and some cover third parties as well. Cameron Winkelvoss, president of Gemini, who cofounded the exchange with twin brother Tyler in 2014, said: “Insurance is one of the main barriers to crypto mass adoption. Gemini has created a captive insurance company to address this. Obtaining meaningful insurance in the crypto industry remains a challenge, and our captive will help to increase our insurance capacity and move the industry forward.” David Burt, the Premier, said he was “exceptionally pleased” that Gemini had chosen Bermuda as the home for its new captive. “Insurance is one of the key building blocks in the development of digital assets and Gemini is one of the most trusted names in the business,” Mr Burt said. “Their choice of Bermuda demonstrates our strong positioning to leverage our strength in insurance to lend to the development of the fintech industry. I congratulate them on launching Bermuda’s first crypo-captive and look forward to working with them to further develop and incubate the adoption of digital assets.” Gemini worked with Aon to incorporate Nakamoto, which is licensed as a Class 1 captive insurer by the Bermuda Monetary Authority. Aon will manage the captive and Gemini hopes to be able to access additional insurance and reinsurance from the markets to boost capacity. Marsh’s Digital Asset Risk Transfer team has also brokered excess insurance from the commercial markets to provide a custody insurance solution. The moves will give Gemini Custody, the exchange’s crypto cold (offline) storage service, $200 million in insurance coverage, which it claims will be the largest limit of insurance coverage purchased by any crypto custodian. Gemini allows customers to buy and sell crypto assets, as well as store them. The company has been approved by the New York State Department of Financial Services. Crypto exchanges are often targeted by hackers seeking to steal the crypto assets they store. The value of this type of theft reached $480 million in the first half of 2019. In an interview with Forbes, Yusuf Hussain, head of risk at Gemini, said: “Aon and Marsh needed a level of comfort in order to provide a significant capacity and help us establish a captive. We were able to demonstrate this to them within our vision, show how compliant we are and how we’re looking to grow the crypto ecosystem.” At the end of 2018, some 711 captives were registered with the BMA, having total captive premiums of $40 billion.
NACS 2/12/2013
Nadia & Jacob Stolt-Nielson Benevolent Fund (The) 7/18/2006
Naess Bulk Shipping 1/9/1989
Naess Helicopter Company 6/17/1975
Naess Investments 1/2/1987
Naess Properties 1/2/1976
Naess Properties (1966) 10/29/1996
Naess Shipping Company 3/8/1976
Nafasi Investment Fund 8/2/2010
Nafco Artbitrage Partners 7/2/1998
Nafco Insurance Company 10/24/1990
Nafs Shipping 3/6/1975
Nagacorp 11/12/2002
Nagara 6/5/1984
Nagara Tam 6/5/1984
Nagrassa 11/28/1997
Najla 4/29/1980
Najram Property 6/18/2003
Nakshatra Investments Company 3/28/2013
Nalf Holdings 10/3/2000
Nalico Reinsurance 6/15/1984
Nalling Shipping 10/11/1991
Nam Cheong 8/17/1998
Nam Fong International Enterprise (Holdings) 11/3/1994
Nam International (Bermuda) 4/28/1999
Namakwa Diamonds 10/20/2006
Namakwa Diamonds Trustees 7/6/2009
Namchrome Bermuda 11/10/2006 2/2/2000
Namgem Trading (Bermuda) 2/26/2007
Namibian Resources 1/29/1999
Namor Consultants 12/8/1982
Namusa 7/9/1981
Nan Fung Shipping Management 5/25/1977
Nan Hai Corporation 11/7/1990
Nan Luen International 6/30/1989
Nan Nan Resources Enterprise 1/6/1995
Nanak Enterprises 5/30/1966
Nanco 11/12/1985
Nanertak Fiduciary 5/21/1993
Nanjia Capital 5/9/2013
Nanna 7/23/2014
Nano Marketing 1/12/2001
Nanovation Technologies International 12/3/1990
Nant D'Avril Ltd  Cont 5/28/2003
Nantwych 7/1/1983
Nanuk Fiduciary 5/21/1993
Nanyang Holdings 4/10/1989
National Arts Holdings

A Hong Kong-based investment holding company that moved its domicile to Bermuda from the Cayman Islands in 2010. Formerly Vertex Group Ltd., operates through three segments: network infrastructure and electrical installation services, digital solution services, and films production and distribution, and artiste management. National Arts Holdings' subsidiaries include Network Engineering Ltd., Vertex Systems Services Ltd., VCTG Technology Ltd., Great Wall Telecommunications Group Ltd., Vertex Media Ltd. and Vertex Digital Media Ltd. The company disposed of 100 percent equity interests in Vertex CDM Ltd. on November 11, 2009. The company had a 2010 market capitalisation of $214.1 million.

Nationwide 2019. May 7. Ryan Specialty Group (RSG) and Nationwide have teamed up to form a new Bermuda-based reinsurance company called Geneva Re. Michael O’Halleran will be the new company’s executive chairman. Mr O’Halleran is well known in the industry, having previously served as executive chairman of Aon Benfield and as president and chief operating officer of broker Aon. Nationwide is an insurance company based in Ohio, while RSG is a Chicago-based holding company for insurance brokerages and managing general agencies. Each company will have a 50 per cent stake in the venture. Ryan Re, an RSG-affiliated company led by Brian Boornazian, the chief executive officer, will act as the exclusive underwriting manager for Geneva Re. Mr Boornazian is a 37-year veteran of the insurance industry, having previously worked for Gen Re, Guy Carpenter, Cologne Re, NAC Re, XL Re and Aspen Re. In a statement, Geneva Re said it will have the financial strength to immediately accept a diversified portfolio of reinsurance business from Ryan Specialty Group’s underwriting programmes. It is anticipated that Geneva Re will be able to begin underwriting business on July 1 this year subject to the approval of the Bermuda Monetary Authority. Nationwide will also appoint Ryan Re as its exclusive underwriting manager for third-party property and casualty treaty reinsurance business flowing through Geneva Re. Mr Boornazian said: “I believe we are bringing an unprecedented proposition to the reinsurance market. Combining the quality and balance sheet strength of Nationwide, the innovation and market presence of RSG, and the well respected and experienced underwriters will uniquely position Ryan Re to provide the security and underwriting insight to our brokers and clients.” RSG said the strategic partnership will enable it and Nationwide to grow in the specialty lines market, while expanding upon an already strong relationship. Patrick Ryan, chairman and CEO of RSG, said the companies “share a similar culture, which is critical to entering into a long-term relationship”. Mark Berven, president and COO, Nationwide property and casualty, said: “We look forward to furthering our relationship with RSG, who is today one of our largest E&S/specialty distribution partners. This relationship will create new opportunities for both organisations to expand our reach and serve additional niche markets that are currently underserved.”
N2H2 Inc Founded in 1995, based in Seattle. With 16.5 million users overseas and an office in Bermuda. An Internet access management company specializing in fast and scalable filtering solutions.
NCB Financial Group 2020. February 3. NCB Financial Group Ltd, the controlling shareholder of Bermudian-based Clarien Bank, has reported net profit attributable to stockholders of $5.9 billion Jamaican, or $42.37 million Bermudian, for the fourth quarter of 2019. The figure is a 21 per cent, or J$1.5 billion ($10.77 million), decline from prior-year results, which included a one-off gain of J$3.3 billion ($23.7 million) from the disposal of NCB’s interest in an associate company, the organisation said. Excluding that gain, net profit for the quarter would have increased by J$1.7 billion ($12.2 million), or 42 per cent, over the prior year, NCB said. Operating profit increased to J$9.9 billion ($71.1 million) for the quarter, the company’s best-performing quarter to date. That was an increase of J$5.1 billion ($36.6 million), or 105 per cent, over the December 2018 fourth quarter. Operating income was J$33.3 billion ($239.1 million). The company reported a 16 per cent return on equity, and a 1.93 per cent return on assets.

2019. January 3. NCB Financial Group, the company that owns a majority stake in Clarien Bank, has made a bid to take a controlling interest in Caribbean region insurer Guardian Holdings Ltd. Controlled by Michael Lee-Chin, the Jamaican-born billionaire, NCB has a 50.1 per cent stake in the Bermudian bank. Mr Lee-Chin’s Portland Private Equity owns an additional 17.9 per cent stake in Clarien. On Monday, NCB’s subsidiary NCB Global Holdings, made an offer to all Guardian shareholders to buy up to 32.01 per cent of the company. The $2.79 per share offer is worth more than $207 million in aggregate. NCB already owns 29.99 per cent of Guardian, which is based in Trinidad and Tobago and offers life, health, property and casualty insurance, as well as pensions and asset management in 21 countries across the English and Dutch Caribbean. If the bid is successful, NCB would own a 62 per cent controlling interest in Guardian. The offer is conditional upon Guardian shareholders tendering sufficient shares to give NCB a more than 50.01 per cent stake and on regulatory approvals for the deal. The offer period is scheduled to close on February 7, 2019.

NCL (Bahamas) Since 12/15/2003
NCL Corporation Since 12/13/2003
NCL Cruises

Since 10/9/1996. 

Norwegian Breakaway

Norwegian Breakaway, launched 2013. Her 2013 maiden voyage was to Bermuda. See Cruises

NCL International Since 12/15/2003.
NCL Investment Since 8/6/2007.
NCL Sun Cruises Since 5/19/1998.
Neon Victoria Street, Hamilton. 

2020. March 2. The Bermuda office of London-based re/insurance specialist Neon is to remain open for at least another four months, a spokesperson said. “Neon is keeping an office open until at least June as it manages an orderly run off,” she said. It was announced in November that the office was due to close because of the company’s decision to exit the property treaty reinsurance space due to a lack of sustainable and appropriate returns. While the office remains open, no more new business is being entertained. Neon, which opened a Bermuda office in 2016, is a member of Great American Insurance Group, which runs the insurance operations of parent American Financial Group.

2019. November 22. The Bermuda office of London-based re/insurance specialist Neon is to close. Personnel in Bermuda and London will be impacted by the move, the company said yesterday, adding that details have not been finalised. The on-island office of Neon is thought to have a predominantly Bermudian staff. A spokesperson said the office remains open for the time being, but no more new business is being entertained. A final date for its closure has not been decided. The closure, Neon said, is due to the company’s decision to exit the property treaty reinsurance space due to a lack of sustainable and appropriate returns. Neon is a member of Great American Insurance Group, which runs the insurance operations of parent American Financial Group. Bermudian Chris Fisher, chief executive officer of Neon’s Bermuda operation, did not return a message requesting comment. The company released a statement through its London-based public relations firm, Haggie Partners. “Neon, today, can confirm that it will cease writing all property treaty reinsurance, effective 1 January, 2020,” the statement said. “In addition, it intends to centre all property insurance underwriting through its London platform. Over the past three years we have been incredibly proud of the traction and commitment to service that our property reinsurance underwriters in both London and Bermuda have brought. Whilst we had suffered some significant catastrophe losses in these books of business in 2017 and 2018, they were within our reinsurance/retro programme and below a number of our market peers. However, with the significant hardening of retro pricing exceeding the pricing expectations of the inward reinsurance business and to keep within the constraints of our risk appetite we, along with our parent, AFG, do not believe that the property treaty class of business can provide a sustainable and appropriate risk/reward balance for Neon. As a consequence of our exit from property treaty, Neon will refocus its global property and property binders business in London, resulting in the closure of Neon’s Bermuda platform. This decision has not been taken lightly. Our Property D&F team in Bermuda are held in the highest regard, and have made a significant contribution to Neon over the last three years. Personnel in Bermuda and London will be impacted, although details have not been finalised. AFG continues to support Neon and the Lloyd’s platform and believes that Neon can make a profitable contribution to AFG’s results. AFG remains open to new opportunities and the identification of new classes of profitable business.” Neon opened a Bermuda office in 2016, appointing Mr Fisher to the top job. He started the firm with one other staff member, but within 12 months the office had six staff, five of whom were Bermudian. When he spoke to The Royal Gazette in May 2017 on the occasion of the company’s first anniversary on-island, Mr Fisher said he hoped to grow the business from its expected $20 million in gross premiums written in 2017 to $100 million within three to five years, as well as increasing staffing numbers to more than 20.

2016. May 5. Lloyd’s of London insurer Neon is celebrating its first year in Bermuda. Chris Fisher, the chief executive officer, started the firm with just one other staff member. It now has a staff of six, with plans to recruit another. Mr Fisher hopes to grow the firm from its expected $20 million in gross premiums written this year to $100 million within three to five years, as well as increase staffing numbers to more than 20. Speaking at Neon’s offices in Victoria Street, Hamilton, he said: “We’re running out of space here. We probably have room for another three people at most, so potentially we may have to look at some additional space. “In three to five years, if we have 20-plus people, that doesn’t seem unreasonable, although it’s difficult to tell. Additional people have to be supported by business flow — but I have ambitions to grow this business into other lines of business when it makes sense.” Neon, which is part of US-based American Financial Group, was set up last year under the leadership of Martin Reith to breathe new life into Lloyd’s Syndicate 2468, formerly known as the Marketform syndicate, which had taken a hit from Italian medical malpractice business. Mr Fisher said: “He wanted to bring the balance of the syndicate’s business to short tail lines of business, property insurance and reinsurance. “I was hired to do two things — start a Bermuda office for Neon and kick-start the platform here. I’m also head of property insurance underwriting for Neon globally. Through the balance of 2016, I began to write an amount of property insurance business with a focus on the larger Fortune 100 companies.” Over the past year, Neon has expanded from property insurance into other areas, like property reinsurance and professional indemnity cover. Mr Fisher said: “We would love that reinsurance business to grow from a reinsurance perspective, but we may have an opportunity to grow into the insurance-linked securities space as well.” He added that Nicholas Pritchard, appointed as head of reinsurance, had considerable experience in the reinsurance segment. “That’s a potential growth area for us over the next two years or so. The commitment and support from London has been fantastic and Martin Reith has been here multiple times.” He said the firm’s local profile was due to be boosted by a special America’s Cup reception for clients, due to be held at Commissioner’s House in Dockyard next month. Neon is a member of Great American Insurance Group, which runs the insurance operations of parent AFG and had already benefited from the link-up. Mr Fisher said: “We are exploring areas where we can get some synergies going with Great American as well and access additional business to the island via their platform. We have done one deal with them on Canadian business, which we otherwise wouldn’t have seen. At the moment, we’re targeting for this year $20 million of gross written premiums for the Bermuda business, which wouldn’t be a bad start at all. Market conditions have been tough — there is a lot of oversupply of capacity, but where we have the opportunity to build the company in a responsible way is through business where we have the ability to use the strength of our relationships to help carve out what we consider to be advantageous underwriting positions on programmes. For 2017, more than 50 per cent of the business will be lines of business we didn’t participate in 2016. That shows you the amount of turnaround and change brought about by the revitalization of the syndicate. A big part of it is getting the right people on board and the team we have here at Neon Bermuda is first class.” Mr Fisher said he was proud of the fact that the current staffing included only one non-Bermudian. “My commitment as CEO is whatever I can do to get suitably qualified Bermudian staff into this business, I will do. That’s something I very much want to achieve. We want to make sure Bermudians are in as many positions in the company that they are suitably qualified and experienced to be in.”

2016. June 21. Lloyd’s of London-based insurer Neon has opened a new office in Bermuda. And the firm aims to expand its on-island two-strong team as it targets the US market. Neon has recruited Bermudian Chris Fisher, an underwriter with 25 years of experience in the insurance industry in Bermuda, Britain and the US, to head up the Bermuda operation. He was previously chief underwriting officer of insurance for Ariel Re in Bermuda. Mr Fisher said: “I’m delighted to be joining Neon to open and head its new Bermuda office. We believe that the existing expertise of Neon’s Lloyd’s syndicate, in conjunction with the strong Lloyd’s financial rating and our stated goal of building upon our local underwriting talent, means that we will be able to offer a compelling and relevant proposition to this strategically important market.” Mr Fisher’s office will write direct and facultative property insurance on a global basis as an approved cover holder for Lloyd’s Syndicate 2468. Business will be considered on a primary quota share and excess of loss basis with critical catastrophe line sizes up to $10 million and fire capacity up to $25 million. Martin Reith, CEO of Neon, said: “Opening the Bermuda office is a strong statement of our intent to expand Neon’s international presence and grow the business. In Chris, we have a highly regarded local underwriter with strong relationships on the island as well as in the US. We have bold ambitions to grow our Bermuda platform and anticipate adding both personnel and product lines in the near future.” Mr Reith added: “More broadly, opening in Bermuda, which follows the completion of our strategic review, is a further sign of the momentum within Neon as we continue to make encouraging progress with the strategic turnaround of the business. It’s an exciting time for the group and we look forward to updating the market with further news demonstrating this positive trajectory. We think it’s a great outpost for us as we continue to build our new branded company name. Given the significance of the Bermuda market in the global insurance and reinsurance stage, it seems to be a logical next step for us.” Mr Fisher has also previously worked for Ace, now known as Chubb, in various senior underwriting and executive roles, and he started his career at BF&M.

Neo-Tech Global C/o Conyers Dill & Pearman
Nephila Capital Since 1998. Now partly owned by the Man Group, one the world's largest publicly traded hedge fund managers. Has a Caymans-domiciled investment vehicle, Gamut Reinsurance. Uses catastrophe bonds, industry loss warranties and reinsurance contracts to construct portfolios.

2019. January 9. Nephila Capital has struck a deal to provide coverage for when the wind does not blow at all. Nephila, the world’s largest manager of insurance-linked securities funds, has teamed up with Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty’s Alternative Risk Transfer unit to help a new $600 million wind farm in the US ensure revenue stability, even when the turbines stop turning. The coverage is in the form of a proxy revenue swap (PRS), a financial derivative that will allow owners of the High Lonesome wind farm in Crockett Counties, Texas, to minimize risks related to price, as well as weather. The PRS relates to a 295-megawatt portion of the 450-megawatt wind farm, which is under construction and is owned by Enel Green Power North America, a subsidiary of Enel, an Italian corporation. In a statement, Enel said this was the biggest PRS in the world by capacity for a single plant. Allianz and Nephila executed the PRS in collaboration with REsurety, a renewable energy risk manager. Lee Taylor, chief executive officer of REsurety, said: “Renewable energy projects are under increasing pressure to deliver predictable returns despite the increasing volatility of the value of intermittent generation. “We developed the Proxy Revenue Swap specifically to deliver unrivalled certainty of cash flows, regardless of power price volatility and weather-driven intermittency. We are delighted to have had the opportunity to collaborate with Enel, Allianz and Nephila to bring the largest PRS transaction to fruition.” Nephila was acquired by Markel Corporation last November in a deal worth $975 million. It continues to operate as a separate company within the Markel group. As of last September, Nephila had $12.2 billion of assets under management.

2017. November 1. Insurance investment firm Cedent Ltd has teamed up with Nephila Capital to create a new Bermuda-based firm to advise corporations and countries on managing climate risk. Resilience Economics Ltd will be backed by $500 million from Nephila, which is also based in Bermuda and is the world’s largest insurance-linked securities manager. Resilience says it will use advanced data science to develop and structure climate risk capital solutions for global institutions and governments. Michael Coles, the insurtech expert and chief executive officer of Cedent, said Resilience was not a risk-bearing entity, but that it would work with companies to help them understand the impact climate risk has on their financials. “More than 1,000 CEOs and CFOs of public companies disclosed that adverse weather directly drove poor financial results on earnings calls with stakeholders so far this year,” Mr Coles said. “A few decades ago, businesses did not transfer the risk of fluctuations in currencies, interest rates, or commodity prices but eventually stakeholders deemed risk retention unacceptable once risk transfer markets developed. Climate risk retention may soon be deemed unacceptable and if so, climate capital solutions will be the new imperative.” The National Centre of Atmospheric Research estimates that the US economy can vary up or down by as much as $240 billion each year, as a result of day-to-day (non-catastrophic) weather fluctuations. However, Resilience Economics claims that total risk transferred to the insurance sector amounts to just $3 billion, underlining the potential for growth in this sub-sector of the risk transfer industry. Barney Schauble, managing partner at Resilience’s strategic partner Nephila, said: “We believe good advice around quantification and transfer of weather and climate risk is the critical key to unlocking the market potential and we are eager to support Resilience Economics and its clients in developing protection that responds to their specific exposures.” Resilience has named Lynda Clemmons, a senior executive at NRA Energy, to its advisory board. Alternative risk transfer expert Steve Evans’ website said Resilience was targeting an area of risk that was underserved by traditional insurers and reinsurers. The website added that “the use of technology alongside ILS-backed capacity and capital market techniques will mean its solutions can be delivered efficiently and effectively. “This also means the opportunity is significant for Nephila Capital to put more of its risk capital to work in emerging areas, solving problems at the front end of the value-chain for corporates, institutions and sovereign entities, while adding another unique angle to its investor offering. Resilience Economics will look to take the climate risk discussion to the CFO level, where organisations and institutions will be receptive to solutions that can help to remove volatility caused by the weather out of their businesses.”

Nephila Holdings Owns above company.
Neptune Group Management Manages and Bermuda agents for the Bermuda Container Line. It provides an ocean freight service linking Bermuda with the world. It operates a weekly service between Port Elizabeth, New Jersey and Hamilton, Bermuda with the vessel M.V. Oleander.  Through an associated company, Somers Isles Shipping Ltd., it also operates a three time per month service between Fernandina Beach, Florida and Hamilton. BCL maintains agents throughout North America to allow it to provide full container load intermodal services between Bermuda and all key centers on the North American continent. Through connecting carrier agreements with a number of major shipping lines, BCL connects Bermuda with the rest of the world. The North American General Agents for BCL are Bermuda Agencies Ltd. Bermuda Container Line Ltd. has been in operation, and providing its weekly service from Port Elizabeth, since 1979.  The company has over 500 shareholders and a Board of Directors numbering thirteen. BCL owns the container RO/RO vessel M.V. Oleander and a wholly owned subsidiary, Bermuda Agencies in the United States. BCL’s ship, the Oleander, was built in 1990 in Holland to the lines own specification.  It is a combination container and roll-on/roll-off vessel capable of carrying 360 TEU as well as 44 cars in an enclosed garage area.  The Oleander has electrical plugs and generating capacity to allow it to carry 88 refrigerated containers.  The enclosed garage area has hoistable car decks which allow it to carry large roll-on/roll-off cargo in the enclosed area as well as such cargo on deck in front of the vessel’s superstructure.

In addition to a fleet of standard dry and refrigerated containers, BCL has a fleet of more specialized equipment including:

  • Flat racks
  • Bulk and tank containers
  • Mafis and road trailer for non-containerized cargo
  • Specialized containers for the carriage of livestock

The BCL service from Port Elizabeth to Bermuda is the fastest and most efficient shipping service available to the island.  It departs from Port Elizabeth early on Friday evenings and arrives in Bermuda late Sunday afternoon for discharge of cargo on Sunday evening.  Importers can pick up their cargo starting at 6:00 a.m. Monday mornings.

NetJets Website Bermuda-based, private jet aviation. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway group.
News Publishers  Rupert Murdoch-owned, hugely profitable.
New Ocean Capital Management 2018. November 19. Bermuda-based New Ocean Capital Management Ltd is now wholly-owned by Axa XL. New Ocean was created in 2013 by XL Group and American-based private equity firm Stone Point Capital, with a focus on providing third-party investors access to insurance-linked securities and other insurance and reinsurance capital market products. In 2016, Japan’s Mitsui & Co took a 15 per cent stake in New Ocean. Axa XL’s reinsurance operation has now completed the acquisition of all third-party ownership interests in the asset management company to make it a wholly-owned subsidiary within Axa XL’s alternative capital business. During a transition period, Chris McKeown, the founding chief executive officer of New Ocean, will continue to serve as an advisor to Axa XLs alternative capital business. He will also continue to serve as a director of certain New Ocean managed funds. Greg Hendrick, CEO of Axa XL, said: “Alternative capital is a core component of our strategy, as we seek to create strategic partnerships matching the risks we initiate with third-party capital alongside our own. Our decision to acquire the outstanding shares of New Ocean demonstrates our strategic commitment to the alternative capital space and represents the latest step towards becoming the partner of choice for investors seeking to access ((Re)Insurance risk globally.” He added: “We’d especially like to thank Chris whose dedication and 30 years of experience helped launch and grow New Ocean and bring it to this point where we can start our next chapter in alternative capital management.” Charles Cooper, head of Axa XL’s global reinsurance operations, said: “Under this consolidated structure, the alternative capital business will offer investors a full suite of underwriting, that will leverage Axa XL’s world-class risk origination and underwriting franchise: ILS asset management, utilizing New Ocean’s proven track record and fiduciary experience; and fronting activities/insurance management services for transacting business through Axa XL’s balance sheet, directly supported by our experienced risk and structured finance experts.” Daniel Brookman is Axa XL’s head of alternative capital. He joined the company in early 2016 as senior vice-president of alternative capital and was last year promoted to lead the team. Mr Cooper said: “As a key source of risk origination for our alternative capital activities lie within our reinsurance operations, Dan will join our global Reinsurance Leadership Team. The new alignment will help accelerate our alternative capital activity and provide greater flexibility for our underwriters and ultimately our brokers and clients.”
New Skies Satellites Holdings  New Skies Satellites B.V. is its main operating subsidiary. Australian-owned, it is one of only four fixed satellite communications companies with global satellite coverage, offering data, video, Internet and voice communications services to a range of telecommunications carriers.New Streem
New Stream Capital LLC  
Nexen Petroleum Offshore Yemen P. O. Box HM 1736, Hamilton HM GX. Phone 295-2949. Fax 292-9740
Nexen Petroleum Operations Yemen See above
Nexus Capital Victoria Hall, 11 Victoria Street, Hamilton HM 11. Phone 292-0795. Fax 296-0008
Nexus Services See above
Ngai Hing Hong Company C/o Codan Services Ltd
Nick Faldo Enterprises Owned and controlled by British golfer Nick Faldo, a Bermuda resident

Multi-national footwear giant, reportedly with over $7 billion of profits parked offshore including in at least 12 subsidiaries in Bermuda. According to the US-based Citizens for Tax Justice, ten of the Bermuda subsidiaries are actually named after Nike shoes: Air Max Limited, Nike Cortez, Nike Flight, Nike Force, Nike Huarache, Nike Jump, Nike Lavadome, Nike Pegasus, Nike Tailwind and Nike Waffle. Nike is believed to very aggressive when it comes to sheltering profits overseas.

Nike Cortez as above
Nike Finance as above
Nike Flight as above
Nike Force as above
Nike Huarache as above
Nike Ireland as above
Nike International as above
Nike Jump as above
Nike Lavadome as above
Nike Pegasus as above
Nike Tailwind as above
Nike Waffle as above
Nitrogas 6/20/1984. A brokerage and advisory firm specialising in the international trade and transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG), liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), and petrochemical gases. The company is represented in Bermuda via Consolidated Services Ltd and operates through offices located in Boston and Oslo. Nitrogas has originated and participates in a number of long-term LNG, LPG and NH3 charters as well as various shorter-term charters and gas supply contracts. Additionally, the firm advises a select group of traders and ship owners on deal origination, strategy and business development. It wants to be involved in converting Bermuda's present oil-based electricity system to LNG or LPG. 
Nitrophos 4/22/1980
Nitrosul 1/8/1980
Nittany Investments 8/22/1995
Niugini Mineral Mining (Sec 61 M/C) 9/9/1996
Nixon Intelligent Security Holdings 6/18/2004
NJ Car Insurance 1/29/1982
NJ Telecommunications 10/30/2006
NJI 1/23/2003
NJK Financial (Bermuda) 10/14/1988
NJord Insurance 6/1/1994
NK Frontier (Sec 61 M/C) 1/5/1996
Noble Automative 2015
Noble Group 2018. August 28. Shareholders of troubled Bermuda-domiciled commodity trader Noble Group Ltd yesterday backed a $3.5 billion debt restructuring plan to keep the company afloat. Noble, which is listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange and has headquarters in Hong Kong, but is incorporated in Bermuda, has been in crisis for three years. The company’s collapse started in February 2015, after Arnaud Vagner, a former employee, published reports anonymously under the name of Iceberg Research and accused Noble of inflating its assets. The upheaval triggered a share price collapse, credit downgrades, write downs and asset sales. Noble has stood by its accounting practices. The company had a market capitalization of about $6 billion before Iceberg’s claims surfaced. Yesterday its market value was about $145 million. It posted a $128 million loss for the second quarter of this year. The deal approved by shareholders at a special general meeting in Singapore yesterday will wipe out half of the company’s debt. Creditors will own 70 per cent of the revamped company, with shareholders receiving a 20 per cent stake and management 10 per cent. According to the Registrar of Companies listing, Noble Group was incorporated in Bermuda in March 1994. Mak Yuen Teen, an associate professor of accounting who specializes in corporate governance at the National University of Singapore Business School, told Bloomberg News that Noble’s case posed challenges for Singapore regulators because of the company’s Bermuda incorporation. That means “many of the core corporate governance requirements relating to director duties and shareholder rights in the Singapore Companies Act would not apply”, he said.
Nomad C/o Lines Overseas Management
Nomad Trading C/o Lines Overseas Management
Nomura Americas US Re  Class D insurer
Nomura CBO Chesney House, 96 Pitt's Bay Road, Pembroke HM 08. Or P. O. Box HM 3354, Hamilton HM PX. Phone 296-4050. Fax 296-4061. 
Nomura Investment Company (Bermuda) See above
Nomura Securities (Bermuda) See above. Nomura's financial interests include being the biggest single pub landlord in the UK. It owns 5,000 pubs and 2,500 off licences according to the UK's Daily Telegraph.
Nordic American Offshore The company operates a fleet of supply vessels in the North Sea, completed its move from the Marshall Islands to Bermuda on September 27. The redomiciling placed the company, which has a market capitalization of $77 million, into the same jurisdiction as its largest shareholder, Nordic American Tankers, shown below. 

2018. December 7. Nordic American Offshore Ltd has been awarded a one-year fixed contract for its platform supply vessel NAO Power. The company has a fleet of ten platform supply ships. NAO Power will commence its new contract early this month, and will be working in the North Sea for a “first-class company”, according to a statement by NOA. The contract also has two three-month options after the initial firm period. Nordic American Offshore Ltd was created in 2013 by Bermudian-headquartered Nordic American Tankers.

2017. March 7. Nordic American Offshore Ltd reported a fourth-quarter loss of $9.8 million this morning. The Bermuda-based company, which operates a fleet of ten supply vessels working in the North Sea oil industry, also declared a dividend of 2 cents per share. The loss which breaks down to 48 cents per share, compared to a loss of $4.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 and followed a loss of $8.6 million in the third quarter of last year. NAO’s full-year loss totaled $32.1 million, compared to a loss of $10.8 million in 2015. “Several service companies in our sector are in a difficult financial position,” NAO stated. “Going forward, NAO sees opportunities for expansion. We concentrate on keeping our vessel operating costs low, while always maintaining our strong commitment to safe operations.” The firm raised $47.5 million through a share offering which closed last week and said proceeds could top $50 million, depending on the uptake of the $7 million over-allotment option. NAO said: “The offering clearly reflects the investor confidence in NAO. Access to financing, both equity and debt, remains a competitive advantage for us.” NAO was founded in 2013 and its biggest shareholder is oil tanker operator Nordic American Tanker, another Bermudian company, which invested $10 million in the offering. Charter revenues plunged to $16.25 million last year from $34.8 million in 2015. The company said seven of its ten vessels were in service. North Sea production was hit by the dramatic fall in world oil prices early last year. But crude prices have recovered to above $50 a barrel in recent months and the deal by Opec countries to reduce output to support prices has added confidence in the sector. NAO said there had been encouraging signs in the market for chartering its platform supply vessels (PSVs) since the end of last year. “We have seen an improvement in PSV rates the last weeks,” NAO said. “At the time of this report, rates for the first quarter of 2017 are above the level of the fourth quarter of 2016." NAO shares closed at $1.15 on the New York Stock Exchange on Monday evening — down from $5.25 a year ago.

Nordic American Tanker Shipping Prominent in the shipping industry. Owns a growing fleet of tankers including the Nordic Passat. In 2010 it sold four million shares to fund future acquisitions and for general corporate purposes. As of January 2010, Nordic owned or had agreed to acquire 18 modern double-hull Suezmax tankers and two new-builds.

2018. June 22. Bermuda-headquartered Nordic American Tankers (NAT) has decided it will not conduct a bond offering to raise additional capital. In an open letter to shareholders and investors, the company noted improving conditions in the tanker market. The company has a fleet of 33 Suezmax tankers, including three new tankers that are being delivered this year. It has two of its fleet vessels up for sale. NAT has not made a profit during the past two years, and reported a net debt of $266 million at the end of the first quarter. The company previously announced it was planning a re-capitalization programme — to be finalized by the end of the second quarter — designed to replace its existing revolving credit facility that dates back to 2004. However, in a letter to shareholders and investors this week, the company said: “In the course of the last nine months, the financial position of NAT has changed much to the better. It is worth noting that the expected improvement in the tanker market is becoming clearer. We also brought this up in our February 2018 report. We have now decided that it is not in the best interest of NAT shareholders to conduct a bond offering. NAT has financial flexibility through a large Suezmax fleet and a long standing co-operation with our customers; oil and energy companies, including oil traders. Our lending and investment banks in the US and Europe play key roles in NAT. The debt per ship of NAT is low — below the scrap value of each ship.” The company said that “when conditions change” it is its policy “to retain its expansionary business model that has been rewarding over many years”. It said it expects to immediately reap the benefits of an upswing in the tanker markets. Shares of NAT rose 21 per cent on Monday when the letter to shareholders was released, to $2.62.

2017. May 8. Island-based oil tanker operator Nordic American Tankers Ltd this morning reported a first-quarter loss of $3.4 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the company said it had a loss of 3 cents. Losses, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were 1 cent per share. The results did not meet Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 3 cents per share. The firm, which has a fleet of 30 Suezmax tankers, posted revenue of $55.2 million in the period. It earned an average of $22,700 per day per vessel against a break-even figure of $11,500, including financial charges and administration costs. Last month, NAT declared a dividend of 20 cents per share for the first quarter. The company’s shares were trading down by 30 cents, or 4.2 per cent, at $6.77 in mid-morning trading in New York.

2017. February 7. Nordic American Tankers made a $1.8 million loss in the fourth-quarter. That equates to a loss of two cents per share. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research had estimated the Bermudian-based company would post a break-even result. For the last three months of 2016 the company recorded revenue of $52.2 million, down from $77.3 million in the same period of 2015. The full-year profit was $32.9 million, or 36 cents per share, down from $114.6 million, or $1.29 per share, in 2015. Revenue for the year was $236.8 million. The oil tanker sector has faced challenges in the last few years. The yearly average spot rate of Suezmax vessels, the only size of vessel in Nordic American’s 30-strong fleet, dropped below $20,000 per day from 2011 to 2013, and was below $30,000 last year. However, the company has a cash break-even rate below $11,000 per day per ship, and it has reported a rise in TCE, or time charter earnings, in the fourth quarter, up from $16,700 during the third-quarter to $21,600 in the final three months of the year. The company said that level has risen to $25,000 so far this year. Nordic American has ordered the construction of three new Suezmax tankers, to be delivered in the second half of 2018. It plans to pay for those ships mostly from the successful issuing of an additional $120 million of shares last September, but also from cash from operations and with debt. Later this month the company will pay a common share dividend of 20 cents, the 78th time it has paid a dividend since 1997. In a statement, the company said that with TCE rising, it was “reaping the benefits of increasing our fleet over the last few years”. The company is engaged in the transportation of crude oil and has no investments in the dry cargo or container sectors. Nordic American stated: “In addition to paying a quarterly dividend, we wish to continue building a cash position in order to keep the low debt level when we grow our fleet.” The company’s adjusted net operating earnings were $28.2 million for the fourth quarter, up from $21.7 million in the third quarter. Nordic American has a credit facility of $500 million, which matures in December 2020. Commenting on the world economy and tanker market, the company said: “The development of the world economy affects the tanker industry. A low oil price is stimulating the world economy, which is positive for the tanker market.” Nordic American’s shares yesterday closed up 33 cents at $8.68 on the New York Stock Exchange.

Northern Offshore A Bermuda-based Norwegian company, listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Assets include oil rigs. The company has operational offices in Houston and trades on the Oslo exchange.
Northern Investment Company 53 Par-la-Ville Road, Hamilton HM 11. Phone 295-6349. Fax 292-4682
North Sea Oil Company Bermuda registered. Main office is at 710 North St, Greenwich, CT,  USA
Northshore Re 2017. July 3. A $350 million catastrophe bond that will boost underwriting capacity for Bermudian insurer and reinsurer Axis Capital Holdings has been admitted to listing on the Bermuda Stock Exchange. The BSX also announced on Friday that a €40 million cat bond, issued through Windmill I Re Ltd to cover European perils, was also listed. Growth in the booming $29 billion insurance-linked securities market is showing no signs of slowing and 2017 is on target to be a year of record issuance. Bermuda is at the epicentre of the global business and more than three-quarters of global issuance was listed on the BSX as of the end of the first quarter, according to a Bermuda Monetary Authority report. According to the website, a keen ILS market observer, Axis was originally looking to sell $250 million of cat bonds through its Bermuda special purpose insurer Northshore Re II Ltd. But strong demand from investors led to the offering being upsized to $350 million. The Northshore Re bonds will pay investors a 7.5 per cent coupon, Artemis reported. The cat bonds will provide cover for Axis and its subsidiaries against industry losses from US named storms, US earthquakes and Canadian earthquakes, on a per-occurrence basis and across a three-year term. The Windmill I Re Ltd name first appeared in the cat bond market in January 2014. Sponsored by Dutch reinsurer Achmea Reinsurance, it was an indemnity catastrophe bond for European windstorm coverage, particularly related to the Netherlands.
NorthStar Asset Management A leading global publicly traded asset management firm focused on strategically managing international real estate investment platforms. With a Bermuda company and office.
Norwegian Capricorn Line 5/19/1998
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings 2/21/2011. See below.
Norwegian Cruise Line 12/31/1986. On September 11, 2014 it was announced that Norwegian Cruise Line's purchase of Prestige Cruises International could provide a major boost to Hamilton and St George's in the years to come. The firm's CEO, Kevin Sheehan, told The Royal Gazette that Bermuda was the perfect market for Prestige's high end, luxury cruise liners. And he said that Norwegian would look at bringing more of the smaller liners from the Prestige fleet into Hamilton and the East End once the deal was sealed. "Once we get through the transaction Prestige's ships are already scheduled for the next 12-18 months," Mr Sheehan said. "But this acquisition could enable us to think more about Bermuda especially given that both Oceania and Regent (which fall under Prestige) deal with the high end of the market. Both of these brands, we would think, would have customers who would favour Bermuda as a destination. Many of the smaller, high end ships would be perfect for Bermuda. They could come into Hamilton for a couple of days and maybe St George's for a couple of days. But we do not own the company at this point. It is something we would look at in the future. It's certainly an option we would consider." An acquisition agreement between Norwegian and Prestige was signed on September 2, 2014. The $3 billion transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions before it is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2014. At present two Norwegian cruise lines; the Breakaway and the Dawn, are regular callers to Bermuda, while Prestige owns upper-premium cruise operator Oceania Cruises and luxury cruise operator Regent Seven Seas Cruises. The company operates eight ships, with about 6,500 berths. At present a handful of Prestige's ships visit Bermuda, but those that do are just occasional callers. "We would be open to bringing more of the smaller ships into Bermuda. it seems like the perfect market, " Mr Sheehan said. "We continue to be excited about Bermuda as a destination."

Kevin Sheehan

NCL's Kevin Sheehan. See above story

Norwegian Epic 7/31/2006
Norwegian Gas Carriers 10/13/1992
Norwegian Gem 1/6/2005
Norwegian Majesty 4/16/1997
Norwegian Offshore Consultants II 7/7/2004
Norwegian Offshore Consultants 6/28/2004
Norwegian Partner 2/22/1995
Norwegian Pearl 12/14/2004
Norwegian Shipowners Mutual War Risks Insurance Assoc (Bermuda) 8/1/1981
Norwegian Sky 2/12/2007
Nottinghill Resources C/o Lines Overseas Management
Novae Bermuda Class 3A insurer.

2017. August 25. Novae has decided to close its US direct and facultative re/insurance operations in Bermuda. The news came as Bermuda-based insurance and reinsurance group Axis Capital increased its offer to buy Novae. Novae, a London-based carrier, confirmed the unit’s closure yesterday, after an earlier report in industry publication Insurance Insider. Novae declined to comment on the jobs impact of the decision. However, the Insider reported that the D&F unit’s team, led by Nik Lucking and including senior assistant underwriter Keerome Maybury and deputy unit head Nick Garside, had been let go. Last month Novae agreed to be sold to Axis in a transaction worth $604 million. The deal is expected to close later this year. But yesterday, Axis announced a “full and final offer” for Novae of 715 pence per share — up 15 pence per share on its offer of July 5 — valuing the company at around $611 million. Albert Benchimol, chief executive officer of Axis, said: “The benefits of this transaction announced with our initial offer have not materially changed with this revised offer. We believe that our final bid represents compelling and full value for Novae, as recognized by the boards of both companies. By offering Novae shareholders an improved cash offer, Axis aims to bring certainty to the transaction.” Novae’s island operations are based in Ideation House, on Pitts Bay Road. In a statement given to this newspaper, Novae said yesterday: “The Novae Group board has decided not to renew its quota share reinsurance contract in Bermuda for the 2018 year of account. Furthermore, the group will no longer underwrite US direct and facultative re/insurance through our Bermuda platform. International property-catastrophe reinsurance remains a key class of business for Novae and will continue to be underwritten in 2018.” Novae also writes international reinsurance out of its Bermuda office, with the team led by Philippe Chevereau. The company set up its Bermuda base two years when Stuart Heath, Novae’s property divisional head, expressed high hopes for further expansion on the island. Early this month, Novae announced that it made a pretax loss of £14 million ($17.9 million) in the first half of 2017 and scrapped its dividend. At that time, chief executive Matthew Fosh said the firm’s strategy since 2015 had been to re-engineer its underwriting portfolio in the face of a “deteriorating soft market” that he said had tested even the largest industry players.

Novartis Capital Merged with Befico Ltd 
Novartis International Pharmaceutical Hurst Holme, 12 Trott Road, Hamilton HM 11. PO. Box HM 2899.
Novartis Securities Investment  Hurst Holme, 12 Trott Road, Hamilton HM11. PO. Box HM 2899. Swift codes NOVRBMHM02/028
Novy Left II Investment
NRX Global Active Bermuda arm of Toronto-based Canadian giant
NWS Holdings C/o Codan Services Ltd


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